Heath apply for promotion again despite last year’s pain
FLACKWELL Heath insist the pain of having to turn down promotion last season has not stopped them applying again,
The Heathens won the Hellenic Premier last season, but took the tough decision not to take promotion after being placed in Southern One S&W, which would have meant regular long journeys and placed the club’s future in doubt.
But when the FA this week announced the step six clubs who have applied for promotion this season, Flackwell was among them once more.
They currently top the Hellenic Premier again after goals from Joe Jacobs and James Harding earned a 2-0 win over Abingdon United on Saturday, but they have played one more game and are only two points ahead of the other two teams who have applied to go up – Kidlington and Thatcham Town.
Manager Graham Malcolm said: “It was an easy decision for us as we’ve already passed the ground grading, and it only costs £100 or so to apply to go up again. If we don’t apply, we’re also sending out the wrong vibe.
“We’ve applied because we’re in the hunt, but let’s see where we are at the end of the season. There’s always the chance the same that happened to us happens to another team, so second or third may have the chance to go up.
“I don’t know if they’d try and place us in the S&W again, but we’ve got to win it and it’s much harder than last year. Winning it again would be incredible as we’re not as strong as last year.”
Elsewhere, Division One East leaders Penn & Tylers Green were held 2-2 by Rayners Lane, despite a Lee Thompson brace.
Meanwhile, the other South Bucks side at step six, Holmer Green, have not applied for promotion, despite sitting seventh in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, after coming back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with London Tigers on Saturday, with goals from Dean Allen and Ryan Tackley.
In Division One, Chesham United Reserves beat Harpenden Town 2-1, while in Division Two Amersham Town lost 2-0 to Murlsey United.
Flackwell Heath won the Hellenic Premier last season