03:00PM, Tuesday 19 March 2019
Flackwell Heath got back to winning ways on Monday night as they beat Reading City 1-0 despite having to play the final fifteen minutes with ten men.
Tyrese Corbin-Chandler was show a straight red late in the second half but the Heathens held on for their first league win in five matches thanks to Dan Bailey’s first half goal.
“It was nice to be winning again.” Said Marcus Richardson.
“I thought the performance was ok but we huffed and we puffed a bit.
“If we had stuck to our winning ways, and been on a good run heading into the game I think we would have won it three or four nil. But no disrespect to them they made some good saves and they had a couple of opportunities themselves.”
The Heathens bounced back from Saturday’s cup defeat to Wallingford, and Richardson admitted the last few weeks have been frustrating for the side, who played their first game in two-weeks on Saturday.
“No disrespect to Wallingford – they played well and both teams had to play in the conditions – but us not playing since March 2 didn’t help.” Added Richardson.
“That has played a big part in my teams form. If we’d played them after one or two games I think it would have been a very different game – but take nothing away from them, they caught us at the right time.
“You can do as much as you want in training, but the tempo is not the same as when you are in a game but Saturday is a good chance for us to play the right way – play the way I know we can play and it will put us in good stead for the semi-final against Ardley.”
Flackwell travel to Glevum Park to take on Tuffley Rovers on Saturday as they look to make it two wins on the bounce and Richardson is looking to finish the season on a high as he reflected on a mixed campaign for his young side.
“I feel like we put all our eggs in one basket in the game against Reading FC,” said Richardson
“But we’ve beaten top teams like Malmesbury Victoria and Brackley, so we know we have got it in us. We just need consistency and if we could show that more often and be able to pull ourselves back when things aren’t going right and work together we will do well.
“We are a young side and I hope the boys learn from this season.”
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