Adam Burroughs believes the players owe Diss Town’s loyal fans — and he hopes they can pay them back with a run in a competition that stirs up their best club memories.
The Tangerines enter this season’s FA Vase — having won it in 1994 — with a second qualifying round tie at new entrants Wisbech St Mary tomorrow (3pm).
And Burroughs believes an away win can start to reward their fans for sticking by them through a miserable 2014/15 relegation campaign.
After two reserve outings, scoring on Saturday before Tuesday’s appearance, the 21-year-old says he is ‘chomping at the bit’ to get into Ross Potter’s starting XI for the first time, having sustained a nasty injury in pre-season at home to Norwich United, an ill-fated game which was subsequently abandoned.
The striker was initially hoping to be back within nine weeks after tearing a knee ligament, but a scan revealed he had also suffered a fracture in his leg, prolonging his recovery.
“I did not want to reopen it, so it has taken a bit longer than I hoped and has been frustrating to be sat in the stands and on the bench a couple of times.
“But it is healed now and I cannot wait to get back out there and show Ross what I can do.
“I am probably still four weeks away from getting to the level I want to be at but I have been known to come on and score important goals, like my diving header at home to Thetford in the last game of the season that kept us up.”
And Burroughs is hoping if he is called upon in tomorrow’s game in Cambridgeshire he can help to start to repay the club’s supporters.
“I have been at a few clubs now and Diss has the best fanbase by far,” said the player who rejoined the Tangerines from Mildenhall Town last season.
“They have always been really good to me and it would be really nice to go on and win on Saturday and set up a big home tie for them, especially with it being the FA Vase. I think they deserve it as I remember them watching us lose 11-0 to Walsham on Boxing Day and they were still there and didn’t leave.
“They have their say but they are not overly critical of us.”
It will be a second return to Wisbech in an FA competition this season, with Potter’s side looking to avoid a repeat of their early FA Cup exit at the hands of higher-league neighbours Wisbech Town (1-0) in August.
But against the Kershaw League Premier Division high-flyers, one league down from Diss, Burroughs believes they will have to be on their toes.
“We definitely cannot afford to be complacent,” he said.
“We need to go there and get our heads down and play our football. It will be hard as it will be a big occassion for them and they will be energetic, but we need to keep them running around as we should be fitter than them and that could be the key.”