Re-signing of West points to goals for Heathens
Impressive start for youngster Driffill as he scores debut within nine minutes
West has joined the Heathens from Holyport for the second time, having made the same move three years ago. Last year, he celebrated reaching 50 goals in just 85 games for the Berkshire side.
West marked his return to Wilks Park with a double in Saturday’s 6-3 FA Cup extra preliminary round win over Baldock Town - but it is the man who replaced him as a sub late on Heathens fans should also be excited about.
Fabian Driffill, who scored a debut goal within nine minutes of coming on, has an impressive scoring record for the youth team, according to manager Paul Shone.
Shone said: “I have known Jamie for many years. He has the knack of being in the right place at the right time and has scored goals at every club he’s been at.
“I anticipate he will get at least 15-20 goals a season, and he’s got two to get him under way – but we cannot rely on individuals for goals, we need the midfielders and defenders to chip in too.
“It was good to see Fabian get his first senior goal too. His record at youth level is phenomenal, with something like 50 in 34 games last season, so I’ve been keeping tabs on him.
“He’s young and raw, and I’ve always been happy to give youth a chance. He also offers something different to the other striking options we have.”
The win over Baldock was Shone’s first FA Cup game as manager, although he has reached the fourth qualifying round with the Heathens as both player and assistant manager.
Many more wins would be needed to match that, starting in the preliminary round at United Counties Premier side Cogenham United on Saturday week.
Shone added: “It will be a step into the unknown, but we are renowned for our cup runs. They play at the same level as us, so I’m anticipatung quite an even cup tie.
“Against Baldock, we went 2-0 up but let them back in it to 2-2 at half time. I always knew we had an extra gear though and stepped break.
“They play a level below us, but to score six goals is impressive at any level. It’s the three we conceded I’m not happy about.”
Before the next round, Flackwell, for whom Dan Burnell, Ben Sturgess and Liam Tack also netted, visit Brinscombe & Thrupp in the Hellenic Premier on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Holmer Green’s FA Cup adventure is over before it begun, crashing 5-1 at Edgware Town in Saturday’s extra preliminary round tie, former Beaconsfield SYCOB man Tom Gant hitting their consolation. They were due to visit Crawley Green last night in their Spartan South Midlands Premier opener, and host Berkhamsted Town on Saturday. it up after the