Biggleswade FC’s Dave Northfield: 5-3 FA Cup defeat to Soham won’t change my football principles and philosophy says well-respected boss
PUBLISHED: 09:36 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 05 September 2018
Biggleswade FC boss Dave Northfield has vowed to stick to his principles despite the young Waders 5-3 defeat to Soham Town Rangers after their preliminary round FA Cup match at Langford Road on Tuesday evening.
An early goal from Justin Leavers was cancelled out Lewis Endacott in a scrappy first half, before the match exploded into life in the second half.
Soham’s No9 Marcus Hall put the visitors ahead with an excellent finish before Endacott grabbed his second before FC captain Tom Coles pulled one back to make it 3-2.
Just as Northfield and Mark Inskip’s men were preparing to mount a full-blooded assault in a bid to to level the scores Soham broke to make it 4-2 through a second from Hall.
Coles then pulled a goal back to make it 4-3 with seconds remaining to set up a hectic finish but the away side swept upfield to score through Hall’s to make the final score 5-3.
A bitterly disappointed Northfield spoke to CometSport after the match. The well-respected football man said: “I’ll be sticking to my principles 100 per cent. We won’t change anything in terms of our football philosophy using as many Biggleswade lads as possible.
“We do play good football but unfortunately against Soham we needed to cut out defensive mistakes.
“I trust my team. We’ve got a good squad with good players. I like to think people will see what we’re trying to do.
“We try and do things the right way on and off the pitch – but it’s not just about ‘pretty football’ we also still want to win.
“All our teams play the same. I have clear views on how I want football to be played. I want to see us getting the ball down and passing it.
“I want us to play the right way. A way that is pleasing to the eye.”
The match had been re-arranged following a sickening clash of heads between Soham team-mates Callum Russell and Phil Turner which fans could hear from the stands forced the referee to abandon the original tie last month.
Biggleswade had made it through to the preliminary round after their first-ever victory in the FA Cup in early August, beating Northampton ON Chenecks in the extra preliminary round.
With a tie awaiting against FC Romania this weekend, who play at Cheshunt there was all to play for.
However, dreams from the home support of cup progression were halted after a goal-laden second half. Northfield added: “I feel devastated. We didn’t deserve anything from the game. If you defend as badly as that you don’t deserve to win a game of football.
“We scored early but we never got into a rhythm. The rest of the first half was scrappy. We didn’t make their keeper work.
“The second half they get an early goal and then another one. I’d like to say they’ve opened us up but they’ve lumped it down our throat.
“Four or five of my players simply didn’t do the job I wanted them to do.
“They’re young lads and they have to grow up. When we played them the other week we tore into them. They’ve watched us and they picked up a couple of cards early on. They were clever. They stopped the flow and stopped us playing.
“We’ve got to improve.
“It’s not going to be a good week. I’m very disappointed. We have to respond and put in a big performance on Saturday.
“I’m a Biggleswade man and I’m proud to have Biggleswade kids in my squad and in the team – my wife will tell you I’ll be in a mood for the rest of the week — and if we don@t win Saturday I’ll carry on being in a terrible mood.”