Hur­ley is hop­ing to put heart in de­fence

SYCOB boss fo­cuses coach­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on shoring up at back

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

FOR most peo­ple, a heart at­tack is a sign that you should slow down a bit – but Andy Hur­ley is not most peo­ple.

He suf­fered the first of his two at­tacks nine years ago, at which point he made the decision that set him on the road to be­com­ing Bea­cons­field SYCOB’s new man­ager this sum­mer.

He ar­rived at Hol­loways Park as part of the club’s link-up with the FAB Academy, at Bisham Abbey, where Hur­ley has been coach­ing for five years.

He said: “I’ve been coach­ing all my life and been in­volved with youth foot­ball for the last 30 years, but after suf­fer­ing the first heart at­tack nine years ago, I de­cided I wanted to get more en­joy­ment out of my life.

“I love coach­ing and wanted to start en­joy­ing it more, so I took all my coach­ing badges and have been with the FAB Academy since it started, which has been an ed­u­ca­tion for me, as well as work­ing with Nas Bashir at Hayes & Yead­ing.

“I planned to coach part-time and work part-time, but I’m still work­ing full-time too as a di­rec­tor at a print com­mu­ni­ca­tions company. I still have work com­mit­ments, and that won’t change, but I wanted to work my way up through hard work.

“The heart at­tacks don’t re­strict me in any way, although there is a feel­ing that be­cause you have been through that, you can han­dle any­thing. I try to put it to the back of my mind though and don’t worry about it.”

For all that, watch­ing SYCOB this sea­son can­not be good for any­one’s ticker. For the sec­ond time this sea­son, they had a two-goal lead but ended up los­ing 5-2 last Satur­day, this time to Bed­worth.

Hur­ley takes his troops to fel­low South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral side Go­dalm­ing Town on Satur­day for an FA Cup first qual­i­fy­ing round tie, and hopes to have ex­pe­ri­enced cen­tral de­fen­sive duo Jonathan Mun­day and Tom Wil­mott avail­able.

He added: “I think we will have a great chance if we can shore things up at the back. We have no prob­lems scor­ing goals but are con­ced­ing too many, but Jonathan and Tom will help sort that when they’re back.

“We man­aged to video the game on Satur­day, and I have watched it back to see what we have been do­ing right and what we have been do­ing wrong. It’s a case of tak­ing one step back to take two steps for­ward.”

Lee Thomp­son gave SYCOB the lead at high-fly­ing Roys­ton on Tues­day, but Hur­ley’s men ended up los­ing 3-1, leav­ing them sec­ond bot­tom in the ta­ble.

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STEP BY STEP: Bea­cons­field SYCOB’s new man­ager, Andy Hur­ley, says two heart at­tacks have sharp­ened his fo­cus rather than slow him down

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