Heath ap­ply for pro­mo­tion again de­spite last year’s pain

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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

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