Re-sign­ing of West points to goals for Hea­thens

Im­pres­sive start for young­ster Drif­fill as he scores de­but within nine min­utes

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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

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