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Frustrating start to the new decade for Marcus Richardson's Flackwell Heath

Flackwell Heath started the new year with a frustrating 1-1 draw with Reading City in a game boss Marcus Richardson believes his side should have comfortably won.

Khalid Simmo curled home a free-kick to open the scoring for the Heathens in the 38th minute on Saturday, and the side squandered several chances after that to extend their advantage.

They were then hit with a late sucker punch when Stacy Boatley netted from the penalty spot with five minutes to go to ensure the points were shared.

The result slips Richardson’s side into 12th of the Hellenic Premier Division and the boss is calling on his side to become more ruthless in front of goal if they want to climb back up the table.

“We had enough chances to score two or three goals but we’re giving people opportunities to stay in games, and when you give people opportunities to stay in games, they believe sooner or later that if they get a chance they can score,” said Richardson.

“We dominated the game and never got the rewards for what we put in.

“The whole truth of it is that we’re not ruthless enough as a team in terms of keeping clean sheets and scoring goals at the right times.

"I’m happy with how we’re going about things but I just feel that we can be a little bit more ruthless in front of goal. The quicker we do that, the more problems we will create for the other teams in the league.”

With Adam Thomas gradually getting back to full fitness following injury, Richardson is banking on the forward leading by example when he returns.

“One of my old strikers, Adam Thomas, is coming back to fitness so that’s a positive and a person I fully well know can score goals. He knows how to put the ball in the back of the net. The quicker we get him up to match fitness, the better it is for Flackwell.”

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