Youngsters holding the fort – for now
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