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Higgs is pleased to be back with a bang after New Salamis injury

Flackwell Heath FC: Aiden scores two of Heathens’ five-goal haul against Harefield United on Monday afternoon


Flackwell Heath forward Aiden Higgs says it is good to be back with a bang after he scored his third and fourth goals since returning from an ankle injury, suffered in his side’s clash with New Salamis earlier this season.

On Monday afternoon, the 21-year-old bagged a well-earned brace in the Heathens’ 5-1 victory away at Harefield United, having been substitute­d on for Marcus Ushiro-Lumb in the 59th minute.

Given his recent form and recovery, Higgs hopes to be starting matches before too long but also acknowledg­es he has competitio­n up front in the likes of Fabian Driffill and newly converted striker, Jamie Essex.

“I’ve scored in every game since I’ve been back,” he said. “Following my injury, I started in the reserves and played a game for them. Then, we had a bit of a break because of COVID so it was a case of keeping fit.

“Now, I’m back in the first team and I’ve been on the bench, just getting the minutes in. I’ve been in good form – yesterday, I came on and scored two so things are going very well.

“It’s always hard to get the shirt to start but it’s a challenge I’m enjoying. We have a lot of competitio­n in the team. Fabian Driffill is a very good striker – he has scored lots and lots of goals before. I’m learning a lot from him and we’re trying to get a little partnershi­p going. We’re also playing Jamie Essex up top who has been a centre-back before. He’s been very effective lately.”

Along with his teammates, Higgs handed praise to Chris Ayres and Paul Shone – whom of which have worked with the young forward before – admit

ting he couldn’t pick out two better managers to work for.

The duo replaced Marcus Richardson in October last year and have since steered the club into eighth place in the Spartan South Midlands Premier Division. This weekend, Flackwell Heath travel to fourth-placed New Salamis.

“I have been with Chris since I was about nine-years-old, at the FAB Academy,” said Higgs.

“He has always given me a lot of chances and I can’t speak highly enough about him. He’s taught me pretty much everything I know about football.

“When I was 18 and first got into the

men’s game, I played for Burnham under Paul.

“He gave me the opportunit­y to start every week and I learnt loads through the men’s game from him.

“Having them two at Flackwell Heath has been really good for my game personally – I can’t say a bad word about them.

 ?? ?? Fabian Driffill (left)also scored a brace in Flackwell Heath's win.
Fabian Driffill (left)also scored a brace in Flackwell Heath's win.
 ?? ?? Marcus Ushiro-Lumb (right) with the ball. Photos: Glenn Alcock
Marcus Ushiro-Lumb (right) with the ball. Photos: Glenn Alcock

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