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Flackwell Heath set to be depleted for visit of Colney Heath in FA Vase

With players missing through injury and work commitments, Flackwell Heath boss Marcus Richardson admits he’ll take a replay right now in Saturday’s FA Vase clash with Colney Heath.

The Spartan South Midlands Premier League side are the visitors to Wilks Park on Saturday and Richardson admits he’ll find out how good a manager he is when his depleted side takes to the field at 3pm.

They warmed up for the clash in perfect fashion with a 3-2 win over Shrivenham in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup on Tuesday night.

On paper it looks like a tight cup tie but Richardson always felt the Heathens were in control.

“We’ve got a big FA Vase game on Saturday,” said Richardson. “And we’re going to be a little short on players for it. They probably won’t get a chance to play us at a better time and I’d take a replay right now, when I’ll have more players back. But I’ll get a chance to see how good a manager I can be.

Marcus Ushiro-Lumb, Khalid Simmo and Simeon Weekes netted for the Reds against Shrivenham.

“I thought we were in control of the game,” said the Heathens boss. “I always felt we could step it up a level if we were in trouble. They did miss a second half penalty which might have changed the game had it gone in, but the lads did well.

“The draw for the next round hasn’t been made yet but we could get one of the big clubs like Reading, Wycombe or Maidenhead. Those are big games for the younger players to test themselves against players of better quality.”

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