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Richardson pleased with young Flackwell side despite semi final loss to Ardley united.

Flackwell Heath manager Marcus Richardson was proud of his players despite their 1-0 defeat to Ardley United in the semi-final of the Perpetua Press Floodlit Cup on Monday night.

The Heathens dug deep all game but could not find a way to cancel out Ardley’s 47th minute goal but Richardson was still proud of his teams’ performance.

“It was disappointing but I thought we played well and stuck to our game plan,” said Richardson. “I thought we were unlucky because we missed a few chances and that was gutting. But it’s always tough going to Ardley with the hill but I thought we played really well. There were so many goalline scrambles.

“The last 10 minutes felt like the ball was just inside their 18 yard box but it just wouldn’t go in but I’m still chuffed with how we played.”

The Heathens have enjoyed a mixed season, but their young squad has flourished and risen to many of the challenges they’ve faced this season.

The young Heathens have played beyond their years at times, pushing Reading FC U23s all the way in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup before defeat as well as enjoying two impressive cup runs.

“We are a young team and for a lot of these players it is their first season in senior football,” added Richardson

“So we have to look at the situation really, but the boys gave a really good account of themselves. we put a lot of effort into this season and  I’m chuffed to be working these boys. You have to remember some of these boys have only played 20 to 30 games and they are playing against some players who have made 100/150 appearances, so I’m really happy with my squad.”

Flackwell face another tough test tomorrow when they face Bishops Cleeve away from home at 3pm.

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