Biggleswade FC boss Dave Northfield excited about young talent at Langford Road

PUBLISHED: 11:44 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 11:44 02 October 2018

Biggleswade FC. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Biggleswade FC. Picture: Karyn Haddon


Biggleswade FC boss Dave Northfield is excited about the young talent at Langford Road after his side remaimed top of the league after their 6-4 victory over Oxhey Jets on Saturday.

FC’s ten-goal thirller over the Jets saw them stretch their unbeaten run to five games in the Spartan South Midlands Premier – one point clear of second place Tring after nine games.

Biggleswade are known for their youthful and dynamic style, with Northfield busy guiding the next hot-shot talents set to rise through the ranks at Langford Road. The passionate boss – who mentored Keinan Davis before the centre-forward was poached by Aston Villa, with Arsenal understood to be monitoring the talented striker last term – has been speaking to CometSport this week.

The Biggleswade-born Northfield said: “We’ve got lads who we think are going to be a little bit special. Matt Richardson is an example. He’s 19 this year and he’s pushing to be one of the first names on the team sheet. They need to be a bit patient but we think these boys can go higher, hopefully with us. If we bring them on the right way they can go to higher. The club is 100 per cent set up to bring through talent.”

Biggleswade finished their first season at step-five in fifth. Two months into their third season since forming, FC are showing a new maturity. Northfield said: “We’re stronger than last year. They’re all another year older. We’re a little bit wiser, a little bit bigger. The difference this year is the squad is so strong. We can change it every game and everyone gets their game time and rest.

“Last season we had players start every game.”

Their strengths were tested on Saturday, as goals from Justin Leavers and Joel Ives’ left FC 3-2 down at half-time, after Luke Jones, Andy Brennan and Tom Gibson netted for the Jets. Ryan Inskip and Alex Marsh completed FC’s second turnaround, but it was 4-4 with 62 minutes gone, after Jones scored his second. FC secured three points through Leavers netting his second and substitute Tom Cookman sealing it in the 75th minute.

Northfield said: “I was furious, we were outstanding going forward but we made naive mistakes at the back. We could have torn them to shreds but when Tom came on I thought we could win. He’s a nightmare for teams, he hounds them.”

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