Shone vows to strive to­wards ‘crim­i­nal’ ti­tle for Hea­thens

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FLACK­WELL Heath boss Paul Shone has pledged to keep fight­ing for the Hellenic Pre­mier ti­tle – although he ad­mits it would be ‘crim­i­nal’ if they won it.

Although the Hea­thens bounced back from last week’s 5-0 drub­bing at ti­tle-ri­vals Thame United by thrash­ing Ox­ford City No­mads 6-1 on Satur­day, they are still the worst-placed of the three con­tenders.

Although Flack­well are just one point off sec­ond-placed Thame – and two off lead­ers Brack­nell Town – both their ri­vals have three games in hand, mean­ing Flack­well have to keep win­ning and hope other teams do them a favour.

Shone said: “We let our­selves down at Thame. We were car­ry­ing too many pas­sen­gers. They were ruth­less in the fi­nal third and de­served to win, which has left us with an up­hill task.

“We have to keep win­ning and keep putting the pres­sure on while hop­ing they drop points. We can go on a run, but so can Brack­nell and Thame, so it’s a big ask. In fact it would be crimi- nal if one of them didn’t win it from here. But I said to the boys, with all the reshuf­fles the FA have ev­ery sum­mer, you never know what might hap­pen. Sec­ond or third may still get you pro­moted, so we need as many points as we can get.

“We’re still in two cups, be­sides which I’m a born win­ner who wants to win games, so there’s plenty still to play for, and there will be no let-up.”

Skip­per Ben Sturgess bagged a brace against No­mads while Matt Stock­hill, Liam Tack, Tom Will­ment and Dan Bayliss also net­ted.

But the Hea­thens will be with­out Bayliss when they visit Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett on Satur­day as he will rep­re­sent Eng­land school­boys against their Scot­land coun­ter­parts the night be­fore.

Shone added: “It’s a mas­sive week­end for Dan, and I’m not sur­prised to hear there are Foot­ball League clubs watch­ing him – he has been su­perb for us this sea­son.”

Mean­while, Sturgess and Stock­hill were on tar­get again on Tues­day night – along with Dan Rap­ley – as the Hea­thens booked a place in the semi-fi­nals of the Flood­lit Cup with a 3-1 win at Fair­ford Town.

LES WIL­LIAMS BE170498

Flack­well’s Dan Mol­loy in ac­tion against Ox­ford City No­mads on Satur­day

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