Williams delighted with Highmoor Ibis BBy Jonathan Low
February 27, 2013
Highmoor Ibis B manager Tom Williams heaped praise on his team after their 2-0 victory over Hurst Reserves in the Berkshire Trophy Centre Junior Cup.
Darren Scott and Dean Brookfield scored in each half as Highmoor, who sit ninth in Division 4, caused an upset by knocking out their Division 2 opponents to progress to the quarter-finals.
And Williams was quick to congratulate his players for the shock result.
“We were a bit shaky for the first 10 minutes or so, but then we started to play a lot better football,” he said.
“It was a good team performance and we’re starting to gel now.
“By the end of the game we were playing with a lot more confidence.
“Hurst had quite a few chances but we remained solid at the back.”
Scott scored his side’s first by slotting the ball home after latching on to a Matthew Davies pass.
Brookfield doubled Highmoor’s advantage in the second period, chipping the ball in to secure the victory.
Williams also praised his captain Jamie Fuller, adding: “The players really listen to him a lot more and I think that’s why we are improving.”
Highmoor have only won four games out of 17 in the league, but Williams is confident that his side can turn a corner.
He added: “It’s a mental challenge; each game I tell the players to show we’re not a Division 4 team and we can compete with the better sides.
“We believe we can go to any team and put in a good performance.
“We’re playing well for 60 to 70 minutes in games and we’re gelling together all the time so we need to build on that now and I’m sure we’ll be fine for the rest of the season.”
Highmoor now face SRCC in the quarter-finals.
Ashley Baynham scored twice for Westwood United Res as they defeated Turnpike Sports 3-1 in the Berks & Bucks Junior Cup.
Baynham struck in each half for Westwood, who have endured a miserable season in the Premier Division, where they are bottom with just one win to their name.
But they put their league form to one side with this win over Turnpike, which was secured late on thanks to George Bullion’s strike 10 minutes from time.
Westwood will be away to Finchampstead Reserves in the semi-final on March 9, with the winners taking on Oakley United or Langley Wanderers in the final.