Heath hit with dou­ble blow as pro­lific striker joins ti­tle ri­vals

Boss Malcolm forced to search for an­other tar­get man af­ter de­par­ture

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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

Shone (right)

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