07:00PM, Wednesday 05 May 2021
Marcus Richardson admitted he is still coming to terms with Flackwell Heath’s FA Vase exit at the hands of United Services Portsmouth on Saturday.
United Services Portsmouth netted twice without reply to progress to the semi-finals as the Heathens’ record-breaking run in the tournament came to an end.
Speaking to the Advertiser on Tuesday, boss Richardson said he'd spent much of the weekend analysing where things had gone wrong on the south coast and evaluating his side's run in the competition.
“It truly is a great achievement that we made it that far,” he said.
“It’s a record for Flackwell and I’ve done it with a team of young lads who can and will push on to bigger things.
“But I’ve had to let many players down and upset some of them on the way. I’m hoping they can see the bigger picture and why I made certain decisions at certain times.
“It’s not been easy for myself if I’m being honest with you.
“I’ve spent time thinking about the game and whether I should’ve done this or should’ve done that.
“Even when we’ve been winning games in this competition, I’ve been going over things I could have done different to make us more secure.
“No disrespect to United Services Portsmouth but I felt we were a lot better than them at the weekend - we just didn’t take our chances.
“We were only 60% ourselves and we created a lot of opportunities which should have been goals. They took their chances, but we dominated the game.
“That happens in football and it just wasn’t our day. Not always the best team wins.”
“If United Portsmouth had come to our pitch, I think we would’ve given them a bit of a battering,” added Richardson.
“I felt that their pitch was suited for them. It was small and congested. We did find gaps and created opportunities, but we could’ve done a lot more if we were at home.
“Truthfully, there’s lots I can be picky about but I wish them all the luck because I thought they had great team spirit. I think it’s going to be a tough battle for them to try and get past Binfield if I’m being honest.
“Good luck to them.”
This weekend’s smart motorway closures on the M4 will be shorter than usual due to separate bridge works taking place in West Berkshire (Junctions 13-14)