01:32PM, Thursday 27 January 2022
In front of 400 spectators at Wilks Park, Flackwell Heath overcame Arlesey Town 1-0 at the weekend, while a whopping £3,313.25 was also raised for Prostate Cancer UK in honour of chairman Terry Glynn beating the disease for a second time.
It was a Saturday to celebrate for all associated with the Heathens as Jack Shakespeare bagged the only goal of the game to lift them above their opposition, and the club taking in more than double their average home attendance.
Chris Ayres’ men let the good times roll into their Tuesday night fixture with Broadfields United, who they defeated 4-1 thanks to Callum Mapley, Adam Thomas, and Josh Oliver (two) with the latter scooping the man-of-the-match award.
Reflecting on both matches, Ayres said: “It was a huge occasion on Saturday. We had some fantastic support on the day. I think there was just over 400 in the crowd, which was great for the players, especially the young ones.
“It was a tough game, but I thought the boys really came of age. Arlesey have spent quite a bit of money, got players from leagues above, and they were on quite a good run. But I thought our team did fantastic.
“We set off well and got ourselves 1-0 up before, unfortunately, Jamie went in for a tackle – it was a bit of a hard call – and got sent off. We had to play with 10 men for about 50 minutes. But, in the second half, we limited them to one shot, so it was a really good performance.
“It was brilliant to have the day for Terry. Without the three points, the occasion would not have been as good. The result put us above them in the league aswell.”
Ayres added: “We made some changes for the match against Broadfields, and brought in Josh and Jamie (Ayres), the two young lads who have been with us, to freshen things up. It was needed because we’ve got Risborough Rangers on Saturday. It’s also important that we keep everyone happy.
“We went 1-0 down because we were a bit sloppy at the start, but we grew into it and run out as worthy winners.
“Once we got our noses in front, we could’ve run out on a bigger score.
“It has kicked us up the league again and is pushing up towards that top six which would be a great outcome at the end of this season.
“Josh got two goals, and as I have said before, the young players have been brilliant. They’re the future of this club and I’m sure one or two of them will go on to play at a much higher level.”
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