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Flackwell Heath 'could be much higher' in Hellenic Premier Division says boss Marcus Richardson

Dan Bailey

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Marcus Richardson was in a philosophical mood when discussing Flackwell Heath’s season and their abandoned game with local rivals Burnham on Tuesday night.

Mike Thomas had fired the Heathens into a first half lead at Wilks Park, but the persistent rain eventually led to the pitch becoming unplayable and the referee called a halt to proceedings at half-time.

Flackwell have moved back into the top half of the Hellenic Premier Division off the back of a three game unbeaten run and – for 45 minutes at least – they looked a good bet to extend that run against the Blues.

Weather permitting they’re due to host Brimscombe and Thrupp at Wilks Park on Saturday and Richardson is keen for the side to keep their unbeaten run going.

“I’m hopeful we can carry on the run this weekend and get a positive result,” added Richardson.

“I’ve got a lot of time for the Brimscombe lads.

“We’re good friends on and off the pitch.

“We usually have some entertaining games and they’re always played in the right way.

“It’s probably one of the games I’m always excited to play and I’m just hoping this weekend I can have the bragging rights.”

The Flackwell boss believes his side would be much higher in the table this season had they had a cleaner bill of health.

Injuries have hampered their cause during key periods of the season, but the campaign has been a good learning experience for some of his younger, less experienced players.

With nine wins and nine defeats to their name so far they sit 10th in the table.

“If I had the squad that I’ve got now at the start of the season, I think we would be looking at things a lot differently,” said Richardson.

“That’s just hindsight though isn’t it.

“I guarantee every manager has got a similar philosophy with the way I’m going about things.

“I’m happy with the squad I’ve got, I’m just a little bit sad that many of my players have been injured throughout the season.

“I just feel like we could be in a different position to where we are now. I’m not saying we could be top of the league, but I do feel we wouldn’t be far off.

“I would like to believe that we would’ve been about 10 or 12 points better off if I had most of my lads.”

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