08:00AM, Friday 01 December 2017
MARCUS Richardson has started to tinker with the bodywork at Flackwell Heath in an attempt to make the side much harder to beat.
The former Highmoor Ibis boss has brought in Charlie Samuel, a ‘rough diamond’, and Mitchell Parker, who was under his wing at Highmoor.
Both he claims can give the Heathens more of a cutting edge, but that wasn’t the problem on Tuesday night when Flackwell thumped Tring Athletic 4-0 in the Wycombe Senior Cup, Richardson’s first win since he took over from Paul Shone earlier this month. Dean Allen (pictured above) found the net twice in the cup win.
“From a personal point of view it was nice to get that first win,” he said.
“I don’t like to disrespect teams but I thought that we outplayed them.
“We were much better and controlled the game from the start.”
Richardson doesn't want to sacrifice Flackwell's attacking flair, but wants them to build from a more solid base.
On Saturday they host Tuffley Rovers in the league before Premier
Division promotion rivals Thatcham Town visit Wilks Park on Tuesday.
“Tuesday’s game against Thatcham is going to be very tough,” said Richardson.
“They’re the strongest side I’ve seen all round. But if we keep up the performances of last night there won’t be many teams that can cope with us.
“ I just want to make us harder to beat.
“If I can give us that solid base it can push us on to better things.
“ I’ve brought in Charlie Samuel who is a bit of a rough diamond, and I've also signed Mitchell Parker from my old club Highmoor Ibis.
“You can’t question his ability and I would say that on his day he’s one of the best players in the league and someone who can take us to another level,” added Richardson.
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