06:00PM, Wednesday 11 August 2021
In what was branded ‘The Battle of the Heaths’, Marcus Richardson’s Flackwell defeated Western League outfit Cadbury by two goals to nil to progress into the preliminary round of the FA Cup.
New signing Aiden Higgs (48’) and youngster Ashley Howell (58’) were both on target in the second half after a cagey first 45 minutes in South Gloucestershire.
After the match, boss Richardson said he was pleased to journey back to Wilks Park with the victory but was under no illusions with Flackwell’s attacking display throughout the match.
“I feel like my team have a lot more to offer,” he said.
“Let’s not get it twisted, we were good but just not as good as I know we can be. We couldn’t finish our dinner, and I believe it should have been a more convincing result.
“We’ve lost a couple of players this summer, but our standards shouldn’t, and won’t, slip. I’ve still got most of the squad I had last year.
“When we turn up, it takes one hell of a team to beat us. It’s going to have to take a real good side who are on top of their game to come away with a win.
“They will have to make sure they defend correctly, and make sure they get opportunities against us because we don’t really give away much. We just need to take our chances up top.”
On Higgs’ performance, Richardson added: “I believe if he carries on what he is doing, he will be a great player in the future. But, at this moment in time, Aiden has a lot to learn.
“There is something very promising about him and I have no doubt he will become a very good player if he keeps on wanting to learn.”
With Tuffley Rovers prevailing in their extra preliminary round tie against Windsor, they will be Flackwell’s next opponents in the tournament with the game pencilled in for August 21.
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