Burridge returned to winning ways and now find themselves in second place. Hotly tipped Team Solent - managed by ex-Saint Jon Gittens - lost to BTC, leaving Spartans as the only team in the division yet to taste defeat. Burridge's pre-match preparations were dealt a blow when they were forced to field their forth goalkeeper of the season after Sam Schwodler declared himself unavailable. Paul Andrews volunteered his services, and any nerves were soon dissipated by his appearance in the goalkeeper's jersey, stepping onto the field with the knowing gait of a Francesco Toldo, Gregory Coupet or Santiago Canizares. His sleeves pulled up casually towards his elbows reinforcing the image of a seasoned continental shot stopper. Standing at six foot three and neatly framed by the striking white uprights of the goal, he proceeded to position his defence with the strategic nous of Gary Kasporov at the chess table.
With the back door firmly shut, Burridge grew in confidence. By half time they were two goals up - both as a result of wide players getting in behind the opposing defence - a tactic championed by John Barnes in his rap cameo on New Order's 1990 single: World in motion.' It serves as a clear instruction that: You've got to hold and give but do it at the right time. You can be slow or fast but you must get to the line. They'll always hit you and hurt you - defend and attack, there's only one way to beat them: get round the back. Wise words, John. Wise words.
Lee Fielder - making his first competitive start of the season - was scorer of the first; Ben Hutton got the second, his first competitive goal for the club. Hythe managed to stem the flow of Burridge's attacks until Jaimie Hewitt weaved through to provide Fielder with his second of the afternoon. Skipper Kev Willsher got a rare goal when heading home a corner, and Bryn Schwodler kept up his goal a game ratio by drilling home a penalty kick. Can Burridge maintain these dizzy heights?
4-3-3: P.Andrews, M.Sanderson, K.Willsher, P.Dyke, L.Sanderson (M.Birks), J.Newman (G.Baker), M.Reeves, B.Hutton, B.Schwodler, J.Hewitt, L.Fielder (J.Schwodler)