Tunbridge Wells boss hails the impact of Parsons and Boyle
Friday, September 27, 2013
Tunbridge Wells boss Martin Larkin has hailed the impact of new signing Ian Parsons, a player he plucked out of local league football.
Despite missing a sitter, the winger played an influential role in Wells' defeat of Erith Town on Tuesday.
"I'm really pleased for Ian," Larkin said. "We plucked him out of local football at Hawkenbury. He's got a reputation locally as the best player in local football who hasn't tried himself at a higher level. He looked very, very good.
"He did miss a sitter. If you haven't played to this standard before he could have gone into his shell after that. But I think he tried a 40-yard volley the next minute. He's got something about him and gives us a good option."
Wells were missing the likes of Lewis Mingle, Perry Spackman and Tom Davey on Tuesday, while Jon Pilbeam and Andy Irvine are still finding their way back to fitness.
But Larkin has the strength in depth at his disposal, evident most notably in Andy Boyle who came in at the heart of defence and was once again outstanding.
"We had two of the back four missing, so to keep a clean sheet against the likes of Rikki Cable and Luke Coleman is very pleasing. We pride ourselves on that. Boyle is a proper club man. He knows his role. He knows when everyone is fit it's tough for him to start. But when he does, he comes in and delivers."
Larkin will be hoping for more of the same at Lordswood.