‘Flackwell will be good enough for next level’
Boss says champions will fit in well at Southern League
DANNY Burnell has no doubt that Flackwell Heath will survive in the Southern League after completely dominating the Hellenic Premier.
The champions finished on 99 points after winning 31 out of 38 games, losing just one and finishing with a goal difference of plus 100.
All of which is no guarantee of success when you step up a level, but striker Burnell knows a thing or too about the Southern League, having already played there for Slough and Chesham.
He said: “There’s six or seven like me who have played at a higher level, so I have no qualms about how we will do next season.
“We’ll be looking at the top end of the table rather than the bottom end, perhaps even making a push for the play-offs. It will be about how we react if we lose a couple of games.”
After wrapping up their league title some time ago, Flackwell, having lost the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy final to Windsor, finally completed their double with a 4-1 hammering of Penn & Tylers Green in the Wycombe Senior Cup final last Wednesday.
The Heathens also smashed a club record by reaching the fifth round of the FA Vase this season, and Burnell takes more positives from the fact that the cup run did not distract from their season, unlike at one of his former clubs.
He said: “You could tell when
DOUBLE: Flackwell Heath celebrating winning the league and (right) lifting the Wycombe Senior Cup I signed in October that we were playing well, and I have been in plenty of sides who are doing well before, at Chesham and Slough.
“At Slough one year we were favourites for the league, but we took our eyes off the ball with an FA Cup run and didn’t win our games in hand, whereas here we had an FA Vase run but it wasn’t a distraction.”
There was a feeling of deja-vu for the two Wycombe Senior Cup finalists on Sunday when Flackwell’s U16s beat Penn & Tyler’s U16s in the League Cup final.
But it’s not been all doom and gloom for Penn. On the same night that their first team were losing the Wycombe Senior Cup final, their reserves were retaining the President’s Cup with a 3-0 win over Fairford Town’s reserves, before securing second place in Hellenic Division Two (East) with a 4-1 win over Finchampstead’s reserves in a rearranged league game.
There is more silverware in the offing this weekend when Penn’s U12 girls play in the Bucks Girls League Cup final on Saturday, before the U12 boys play in the Mayor’s Cup final on Sunday.