Boss wants APSA to fire on all cylinders

PUBLISHED: 12:35 09 December 2010




WITH only nine Essex Senior League goals to their name, it is clear to see where London APSA are struggling, but with a fully fit squad now at his disposal boss John Higley hopes it will lead to a reversal in fortunes.

The Newham-based side haven’t had a fixture for two weeks with games against Eton Manor and Southend Manor called off, and he admits his side need to improve enormously in the striking department when they do get back on the pitch.

“As the saying goes we can’t buy a goal at the moment,” said Higley.

“Even at the start of the season when we were winning, it was only by one or two goals.

“The only reason we got away with it was because of the defence remaining solid.

“If you look at our defensive record it has been relatively good, bar the odd game or two.

“We need to start putting the ball away and now, with the enforced lay off, it has at least meant everyone has been able to recover from injuries.”

To have the recent games called off is disappointing for the APSA boss, but he has no idea what shape his team will be in come tomorrow (Thursday) when they are set to host Southend Manor in the Essex Senior League Cup.

“I am never happy to have games off,” he said.

“But not only has it affected the games, it has been impossible to organise a training session.

“It’s like a complete new start with no fixture or training for a while and we will just have to see what it is like.

“Most of the lads will be able to keep fit through the work they do in the gym, but it is when you are not fully prepared for a game that players start picking up injuries again.”

After their clash with Southend Manor, next up is Bethnal Green United at the weekend in the league and Higley believes just having a full squad to choose from will make a lot of difference.

“Compared to what we have had in recent weeks, it’ll be a nice feeling,” said Higley.

“Now I will have plenty of options to choose from, and whoever I leave out will have the hunger, a commitment to force their way back into the squad.”

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