‘Flackwell will be good enough for next level’

Boss says cham­pi­ons will fit in well at South­ern League

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

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.

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