26-year-old ‘veteran’ sees a FAB fu­ture

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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