Heath hit with double blow as prolific striker joins title rivals
Boss Malcolm forced to search for another target man after departure
Having joined from Burnham in September, Bennett made an immediate impact with seven goals in six games, but has moved on again barely four weeks later.
To make it worse, the club he has joined are title rivals Thatcham Town, who are the only team currently above Flackwell in the Hellenic Premier.
Malcolm said: “It’s a shame for us as we thought we had solved our problem with Jon. Not only did his presence offer something different to the other forwards we have had this year, but he was also bringing on our other forwards.
“He needs to slow down a bit though as we’re only just into the fourth month of the season and he’s with his fourth club already – Marlow, Burnham, us and now Thatcham.
“It’s a double-edged sword with him going to Thatcham as it looks like they will be our main rivals up there.Fair play to them, but they will do I their ways and we will do it ours.
“My job over the next few days is to see who is out there and find the right one to replace him, but there aren’t any irons in the fire just yet.”
On the up side, Malcolm has welcomed back his former assistant, Paul Shone, who left following Flackwell’s decision in the summer to turn down promotion to the Southern League, having been placed in the far-flung South & West Division.
He added: “It’s good to have Shoney back as I’ve been making all the decisions on my own for the past few months, and he gives us more strength off the pitch.
“He was struggling with what happened over the summer and took some time out, but as we hoped, he has come back refreshed. I wish we could have!”
Flackwell had a week off but return to action at home to Highmoor Ibis in the Challenge Cup second round on Saturday.
In the same competition, Penn & Tylers Green will be looking to pull off a shock against Ascot United after going top of
all Division One East with a 3-1 win over Didcot Town, thanks to a Lee Thompson double and a Danny Jordan strike.
In the same division, Chalfont Wasps were hammered 6-0 at Finchampstead and will look to bounce back at home to Headington Amateurs on Saturday.
(Above) Jon Bennett has departed but Heath welcome the return of Paul