Brag­ging rights to Hea­thens boss as for­mer gaffer out-Shone

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IT was a case of ap­pren­tice beats sor­cerer for Paul Shone as Flack­well Heath kicked off the league sea­son with vic­tory over Brack­nell on Tues­day night.

The new Hea­thens boss found him­self in at the deep end, pit­ted against Town’s Mark Tal­len­tire, a for­mer gaffer from his play­ing days.

Things did not start well ei­ther, an early ‘spell’ of pres­sure see­ing Tal­len­tire’s men ahead courtesy of Cal­lum Whitty’s fifth-minute penalty.

How­ever, Shone and his side had a trick or two of their own up their sleeve, James Tripp’s header draw­ing the team’s level, be­fore the hosts mag­icked up the best move of the match fin­ished by Dan Rap­ley to com­plete the turn­around be­fore the break.

And Joe Blount made sure any hopes of a Brack­nell re­vival were made to dis­ap­pear with a third from Dan Bur­nell’s pin­point cross af­ter the in­ter­val.

For Shone it was not just a job well done against an old mate, but a win over a side he ex­pects to be con­tenders in the tough­est and most open Pre­mier Di­vi­sion for a decade.

“Mark (Tal­len­tire) man­aged me for four and a half years at Bin­field and we’ve be­come close per­sonal friends, so you could say it was the per­fect start,” he said.

“Af­ter a sloppy first five to 10 min­utes we grew stronger and stronger, and if we’d been more clin­i­cal we would have won by more.

“Brack­nell will be one of the favourites in what is the tough­est league for 10 years. There are big sides fi­nan­cially and player-wise, so I don’t ex­pect any­one to run away with it.”

Shone fielded three debu­tants in ex-Bea­cons­field de­fender Andy Dean, Slough loa­nee Gurkan Gok­man and teenage mid­fielder Matt Stock­hill, the last in par­tic­u­lar earn­ing glow­ing trib­ute from his boss.

“I stum­bled across Matt through a rec­om­men­da­tion from another man­ager and his per­for­mances pre­sea­son and last night sug­gest some­one play­ing well be­yond their years.”

Next stop for Shone and his new re­cruits is Satur­day’s FA Cup ex­tra-pre­lim­i­nary round tie at home to Bal­dock.

On tar­get: Dan Rap­ley fin­ished off the move of the match to put Flack­well Heath ahead.

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