'No complacency,' insists Winkfield FC bossBy Adam Lee
April 30, 2009
Winkfield FC manager David Colborn has urged his players not to let the occasion get to them when they face Bracknell Manics FC in the Bracknell Town & District Sunday League Senior Cup final at Larges Lane on Friday night (kick off 7.45pm).
Winkfield, in their first top-flight season, have exceeded all expectations, and could mathematically still finish third in the league, although fourth or fifth is a more realistic goal.
Added to their two wins against Manics this season, Winkfield are, on paper, the favourites to win the game.
Colborn, however, is adamant that his side must not lose concentration because Manics have enough experience to make Winkfield pay if they fail to show enough respect.
“On the games between us season, and where we are in the table, you could say that we are going to win it easy, but it’s not going to be like that at all,” insisted Colborn.
“In a one-off game like a cup final, if any of our players don’t turn up then Manics will win.
“We’ve got to be really switched on and it’s all about not being complacent.
“There’s a fair bit of experience in the side from playing Saturdays, but I don’t think we’ve got anyone who has the experience of a cup final, unlike Manics.
“I know they have got a few of their old players back and available so technically they should be more experienced than us.
“In the games that we’ve had against them, there wasn’t as big a gulf between the two teams as the scorelines suggest.
“I suppose people will say we’re favourites, but it won’t make a difference to us – we just can’t get carried away and get complacent.”
Should Winkfield settle quickly into their attractive style of play, which has taken the Premier Division by storm this season, then Colborn believes they have the quality in their side to defeat Manics.
However, he is expecting a rough ride from their opponents on Friday night, and is not taking anything for granted.
“I’m expecting a tough game and they’ll be very physical,” he said.
“We’re a decent footballing side and I think they’ll try and stop the flow.
“I think we can definitely win, though, there’s no doubt about that – we can beat anyone on our day.
“Sam Handley is a real danger up front because of his lightning pace – he’s a threat to anyone.
“Lee Nevard, our top scorer, is also a threat, while Lou Wright drives forward from the wing and is a very skilful player.
“There’s a lot of match winners in our team.”
Captain and centre-half Andy Parslow has been delighted with their inaugural year in the top flight, and believes the best is yet to come from the North Bracknell side.
In their five-year existence, Winkfield have achieved four promotions on the trot, and are now considered one of the most dangerous sides in the league.
“For our first season in the Premier Division I believe we have done well and certainly better than most would have predicted,” said Parslow.
“There are some very good teams in this division and bar a few games we’ve competed against them all.
“We have worked extremely hard as a club to get where we are and few would have thought when the club was formed that we would achieve back-to-back promotions all the way up to the Premier.
“It would be a fantastic achievement to win our first piece of silverware and end our season on a real high.
“We still have a very young squad with some very talented players, we hope to learn from this season and hopefully push on and improve next year.”