Reid Revolution gets under way at Farnham Town

By Colin Channon   |   Editorial manager   |
Saturday 1st January 2022 7:00 am
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Greg Haydon scores for Farnham. Picture by @fieldmatters ()

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THE Reid Revolution is now firmly under way at Farnham Town.

New manager Tony Reid saw his side fight back from a goal down to beat Camberley 3-2 in the Combined Counties Premier South Division.

He admitted he wasn’t overly impressed by the performance – but it gave him plenty to work on.

Also on Monday, Badshot Lea suffered only their second league defeat of the season when they went down 3-2 to Fleet Town – and paid dearly for individual errors.

Striker Max Blackmore scored his second goal in two games for Farnham to level after keeper Justice Owusu had missed his kick to gift Camberley an opener, and Greg Haydon and the lively Omar Nyame netted the others.

A late Camberley goal made the final ten minutes trickier than they should have been for Town.

Reid said: “It was only my second game and we have to take it one step at a time, but individual errors cost us.

“I suppose at the moment it’s all about the players learning how I want to do things. There’s a lot we have to work on.

“We have to keep the ball better in good areas and learn to understand and to trust each other.

“There’s a lot of new things for the players to learn. I have always been big on fitness – a fit team react much better during a game and their minds are sharper. We’ve had to do quite a bit of work on that – a few were blowing and hurting after our session in midweek, but we try to make it hard but enjoyable.

“I wouldn’t criticise the way others work – we all have our own methods to play this game – but for me, football should be based around fitness.”

Reid had brought in four new players for the game, as he takes a look at the talent already at the club.

“We have Owen Dean back from Badshot Lea, and I have a few feelers out for some other players,” he said. “I like having a big squad – we ask a lot of our players as I like my teams to play with a high intensity.”

The high-riding Baggies surprisingly dropped three points when they lost 3-2 to struggling Fleet Town.

Stuart Derry headed Fleet ahead before Mal Thomas levelled just before the break, but instead of pushing on the Baggies slipped 3-1 behind through goals by James Beauchamp and Brad Passfield.

Kane Fitzgerald reduced the arrears with a penalty, but Fleet held on.

It would have been a different story had the Baggies taken their early chances – four times keeper Lee Allen kept the ball out with his feet when it looked as if the home side would open the day’s scoring. Co-manager Gavin Smith said: “Mistakes aren’t just about giving other teams a goal, mistakes are also missing chances.

“We missed some good chances and the keeper made some good saves, but we have to take chances like that – if you don’t, you get punished.

“We just weren’t clinical enough. We gifted them their two goals and we can’t keep doing that – we are giving away goals that teams don’t have to work for, with a sloppy mistake, a bad pass or a lack of concentration, and we’re putting ourselves under pressure.”

The Baggies (away at Balham) and Farnham (home to Sheerwater) are next in league action on Saturday, January 8.

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