Malcolm wants to end on a cup high with Heath
GRAHAM Malcolm is aiming to end his reign at Flackwell Heath with some silverware after announcing he will leave the club at the end of this season, writes Tim Street.
Malcolm, who has been in charge of the Heathens for the past three seasons, has ruled himself out of the next one as he is moving with his wife to Spain for several months in May.
Although retaining the Hellenic Premier title they won last term is now unlikely, Flackwell could have played in up to three cup finals before Malcolm steps on the plane.
They take on Newport Pagnall in the Berks & Bucks Trophy final next Tuesday, are in the Wycombe Senior Cup final and could also make the final of the League Cup, in which they play Binfield in the quarter finals on Saturday.
While last Saturday’s loss to Kidlington means they are unlikely to catch the league leaders, Monday’s 4-0 win over Brinscombe & Thrupp secured at least third place, which could prove crucial once any issues in the leagues above are resolved.
Malcolm said: “We’ve got six games in 13 days, so I will be resting quite a few players against Thame (tonight) as we concentrate on the cups, having cemented third place.”
Flackwell will not have the firepower of Dylan Kearney, who has returned to Hayes & Yeading, for the run-in, but striker Danny Burnell will return from a five-match ban for Tuesday’s final.
Malcolm could yet regret having lent fellow striker James Harding to Beaconsfield SYCOB, but he has been allowed to borrow experienced midfielder Lee Togwell in return.
Togwell was on target on Monday, along with Joel Jacobs, Liam Tack and Liam Whyte, and will also play at Thame.
Malcolm added: “Beaconsfield have only got Saturday games now, so it works both ways, and Lee is a Flackwell lad anyway.”
Elsewhere in the Hellenic, goals from Adam Harman and Danny Jordan saw Penn & Tylers Green keep their Division One East title hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Chinnor, while Fred Tripp earned Chalfont Wasps a 1-1 draw at Wantage Town Reserves.