Rickard see result as starting point

PUBLISHED: 10:33 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 12:45 06 May 2010

Vince Rickard (right) with assistant Jimmy Franklin

Vince Rickard (right) with assistant Jimmy Franklin

MANAGER Vince Rickard is refusing to get carried away despite the Blueboys denying rampant Brimsdown Rovers top spot in the Premier Division in their last outing. The 0-0 draw provided a boost to Colney prior to the clash with Tring Athletic which was pos

MANAGER Vince Rickard is refusing to get carried away despite the Blueboys denying rampant Brimsdown Rovers top spot in the Premier Division in their last outing.

The 0-0 draw provided a boost to Colney prior to the clash with Tring Athletic which was postponed this weekend due to a waterlogged pitch at Cotlandswick. Rickard, though, played down the result against Brimsdown. He said: "It is nothing to get over excited about. We are not out of trouble by any means. I am pleased with the way everybody played and their attitude and we have to do that every week.

"We had a couple of chances to win it but all the players can give is their best and the ball didn't really run for us that way. I was very happy with the commitment and the way the boys fought."

The wet weather denied Colney the chance to build on their draw at home and could also threaten the fixture at Hertford Town on Saturday, as well as the home match with Kingsbury London Tigers on Tuesday. Rickard took the players for training on Saturday and was upbeat. He said: "You cannot do anything about the weather we just have to grin and bear it. The plus was that all the squad were together and the players will have got over their knocks and niggles. I think there may not be any games this week because Hertford is quite wet and our place is as well."

Defender Paul Swendell made his first start against Brimsdown since rejoining the Blueboys recently from Tring Athletic and lined up in a strong-looking defence alongside Ant Muthasamy at centre back, with Mark Paradise at right back and Danny McCafferty at left back. Dave Townsend played as a midfield enforcer and former Sandridge man Dave Corran lined up on the left of midfield with Chris Wickens and the returning Chad Morrissey up top.

Rickard said: "I brought in Paul Swendell and Stuart McHale had an excellent game in goal. Chad Morrissey came back and had an excellent game up front but the 15 in the squad all deserve credit. Corran played on the left and there was more balance to the side. The effort from all of them was very commendable. We have maybe stopped the rot but nothing is sorted.

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