26-year-old ‘veteran’ sees a FAB future
LEE Togwell admits playing in Beaconsfield SYCOB’s baby-faced squad makes the 26-yearold feel like a gnarled veteran.
Togwell is one of a sprinkling of old hands in a SYCOB side dominated by young talent following the club’s link-up with the FAB Academy in the summer.
The academy’s best young players get the chance to earn their spurs in men’s football, while players such as Togwell and his former Burnham team-mate Tom Willment provide the experience.
The experiment has had mixed results so far, with Beaconsfield second bottom of Southern League Central, but Togwell believes they look like turning the corner.
He said: “It’s a challenge, but we knew it would be from the start. However, we know we’re all in it together, and a few of the younger lads are starting to show some battle scars now and see what it’s all about.
“It was a strange situation to come into as I’ve always been one of the younger players at my previous clubs, never one of the eldest, and I’m still only 26.
“It makes a big difference to your game as you have to take responsibility and talk to others more, and it’s changed the way I play too.
“We have young lads taking their first steps coming up against physical sides, but we are showing good signs, and in our last outing we did well in the county cup against a Chesham side with former professionals and guys who have played at a good standard.”
A basement battle is as far removed as it can get for Togwell compared to the last time he played at this level two years ago, when he was part of the Burnham side who romped to the title.
He added: “What we had at Burnham was a squad of players who understood the game and worked hard for each other, not just for themselves. The workrate was also key to our success, and that is something we’re hoping to bring to Beaconsfield.
“We are also getting a bit of competition in the squad now, and it’s good to keep players on their toes so they don’t get caught in the comfort zone. There’s enough in this squad to stay up.”
Beaconsfield had no game last weekend but return to action on Saturday with a trip to Barton Rovers.