Young­sters hold­ing the fort – for now

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NEW Bea­cons­field SYCOB boss Leigh Wooldridge ad­mits it may be half a dozen games be­fore he can get in a few se­nior play­ers to help the fledg­ling Rams,

Wooldridge, who came to Hol­loways Park ‘to push my­self’ hav­ing been a coach at Pot­ters Bar, in­her­ited a side shorn of last year’s skip­per Lee Tog­well and sev­eral other ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers.

Con­se­quently, the first two games of the South­ern Cen­tral cam­paign have seen him field a team of promis­ing young­sters, av­er­age age 20, with the old­est on view just 22.

It has proved a steep learn­ing curve too, with Satur­day’s some­what for­tu­nate 1-1 draw at Han­well fol­lowed by a 2-1 home de­feat to Ayles­bury United on Mon­day night.

Wooldridge con­cedes his side will have to wait for those with the ex­tra nous he re­quires, but claims he has seen enough to con­vince him some of his young­sters are grow­ing up fast.

“We are look­ing to bring in a few se­nior heads and hope­fully we will get them on board very soon,” he said.

“I think in the next few weeks there are go­ing to be some more se­nior pros who ei­ther haven’t quite made it at a higher level or a league where we are, who will fil­ter down or across.

“But I think from the young group we have we saw a few lead­ers emerge, even at the ten­der age of 20 or 21.”

In the mean­time, Wooldridge, who says he chose Bea­cons­field as it was the right sort of project to take him into the man­age­rial hot-seat, will rely on the likes of act­ing cap­tain Aaron Min­has to steer the group through the tricky first few weeks.

Min­has may still be a young­ster him­self, but was the stand­out player of last sea­son when Bea­cons­field only nar­rowly missed out on the play-offs, and he played in­ter­na­tion­ally for his na­tive Pan­jab this sum­mer.

“He has played at a good level and last year was player’s player of the year and took all the awards from what I hear,” added Wooldridge. “He has al­ready started to step up.”

New boss Leigh Wooldridge hopes to get some ex­pe­ri­ence in to help his promis­ing young­sters

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