Burgess Hill Town general manager John Rattle wants supporters to remain realistic after his side extended its stay in the Bostik Premier for a third season.

Survival last season was secured by virtue of goal difference and Rattle believes that staying in the division is an achievement in itself after seeing many sides fall out of the league due to overspending.

Rattle said: “We’ve always said that playing in the Bostik Premier is a challenge. We’re a club that wants to stay there without overstrecthing ourselves.

“We have a good budget but it’s not an expansive budget. We want to make sure we develop as a club both on and off the field but we can’t get ahead of ourselves.

“There have been so many clubs that have got up to this standard and then they’ve fallen straight through into the Isthmian South or even into the County leagues. Burgess Hill Town had never played in the Isthmian Premier League until we got promoted into it three years ago and by hook or by crook we stayed in there.

“I know some people feel we should be doing better but at the same time we are happy to be surviving and we want to get better year on, year out.”

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