Finchampstead FC boss targets a premier test
February 22, 2012
Finchampstead manager Jon Laugharne wants to see his side forget their current league form and put together a good cup run in an attempt to rebuild their season.
Having failed to record a victory in 2012, Finch have started to slip down the table.
But Laugharne sees this Saturday’s Hellenic Supplementary Cup second round tie at home to Abingdon United Res (3pm kick-off) as a perfect chance to rediscover the form they showed in December, when the team enjoyed a five-game winning run.
And should they make it past Abingdon and into the last 16 of the competition, then Laugharne is setting his sights on one of the Premier Division sides that remain.
He says the opportunity for his young team to test themselves against some of the top sides in the Hellenic League would be a good acid test of just how far they have progressed this season.
“This is a competition we hope to do well in,” said Laugharne.
“Although we are playing a team from our league, it will take away some of the pressure of playing for points.
“We can go out there and express ourselves and not worry about the league.
“There are some Premier Division teams like Reading Town, Holyport and Ascot still in the cup, but we want to go as far as we can and and hopefully come up against a top-half premier team.
“Last year we played Wantage Town in the cup and for an hour of that game we did well and it was a bit of a marker for us.
“Over the course of a season, the difference between our division and the premier is massive, but in a one-off game you never know what can happen.
“From the point of view of our progression it would be good to see how far we have come and to give ourselves a test.”
Laugharne, however, admits he is unconcerned by his team’s lack of success in 2012.
With just two points from a possible 15, Finch’s chances of a top-six finish have taken a massive hit.
But Saturday’s defeat at Chinnor was a shining example of where they have been going wrong.
Finch created a hatful of chances, but failed to make enough count, with Chris Hollis’ first-half strike the only thing they had to show for long periods of dominace.
And in the end they were made to pay, as Chinnor scored twice to steal all three points.
“I’m not worried,” said the Finch boss.
“We have seven league games left, we’re still in the cup and I’m confident we can finish the season strongly.
“We just need to be better in both boxes.
“I can’t fault the commitment and attitude, and once we get that win we’ll be fine.
“Things have to change because we have not been playing badly in 2012 – things have conspired against us.”
Barring the suspension of Richard Kell, Laugharne has a full squad to choose from for Saturday’s game, with Gavin Rolls and Sam Dunne both expected to return.