London APSA told to improve by boss John Higley

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 November 2010

London APSA keeper Steve Brown

London APSA keeper Steve Brown


Higley hoping top get back to winning ways

Essex Senior League

London APSA 0

Enfield 1893 3

LONDON APSA need to “get back on track” according to boss John Higley,

After a recent poor run which has seen the Newham-based side win only one of their last 10 games, the latest setback came against Enfield 1893.

Their squad was already threadbare, but in the last week they have had to cope with three games and Higley admits it has been tough.

“The schedule hasn’t helped us at all,” he said.

“On Tuesday against Billericay in the Essex Senior Cup we played well and only lost 1-0, but with players missing it has affected us.

“At this stage of the season to be playing three in a week is crazy. I know the weather will lead to a few games being called off, but to try and cram them all in at this early stage hasn’t helped us in the slightest.

“My team has put a lot of effort in over the recent weeks and are drained. We need to recharge our batteries and get ourselves back on track.”

On Saturday, Enfield dominated the match, and without keeper Steve Brown in the home goal the score could have been double.

On the quarter-hour mark Paul Oshin took a quick free-kick and Neil Hughes fired past Brown.

APSA created few chances while the visitors, on the other hand, were launching attack after attack.

The game was put to bed in the 54th minute when a Williamson corner was met by Guy Borthwick who smashed home a header.

Sherwin Stanley wrapped up the win as he flicked in Lee Sontag’s corner at the near post.

With midweek off, the APSA boss will hope his squad have recuperated for the trip to Southend Manor in the league, before facing Eton Manor in the Gordon Brasted Trophy on Monday with a semi-final spot at stake.

Although Higley feels the league is important, he would much prefer a win on Monday, as APSA look to pick up their first piece of silverware.

“We did well against Southend Manor last season and hopefully it’ll continue at the weekend,” he said.

“But it would be great for everyone at the club if we could do well in the cup.”

London APSA: Brown, Smith, Cole, O’Keefe, Langton, Simmons, Chuck, Byrant, Morgan (Simone) Seloko, Akpele.

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