Spartan South Midlands League
Published 19th March 2012
....history in his debut season at the helm after guiding his side to their first piece of silverware this century.
Having reached the Fourth Round of the FA Vase for the first time in their 131-year existence, the Woburn Street club claimed the Bedfordshire Senior Trophy last Tuesday night, beating Luton outfit Crawley Green 1-0 in the final, thanks to a Tyrone Taylor strike.
The manager said: “There’s a really good feeling around the club now. I can put the cup on the side and say we’ve won something.”
Chairman Bernie Stuttard applauded the triumph last midweek, saying: “I am very proud of Craig, his management team, the players, our committee and all our supporters on the night. It was a great achievement for the club.”
However, cup glory is only half of Ampthill’s ambitious plans for a double as Bicknell’s boys now turn their attention to the task of securing promotion to the Premier Division.
Town beat Tokyngton Manor 2-1 on Saturday with Taylor again proving the hero. It moved them back the automatic promotion places, ahead of Hoddesdon Town who didn’t play.
While they have completed four less games than the Hertfordshire outfit they have just leapfrogged, they still remain thirteen points adrift of pace-setters London Colney.
With two games in hand on them, Ampthill are set to face the table-toppers in under a month’s time which will present another chance to close the gap at the summit.
As the man dubbed ‘the Special One’ by his chairman, Bernie Stuttard, Bicknell is no stranger to success having delivered a plethora of trophies at two previous clubs.
With a back catalogue of achievement to his name thus far, his vision for Ampthill Town when he took the reins last summer was simple – nothing less than promotion will do.
Now with the club on the verge of a historic leap into the Premier Division, the boss is hoping to complete the job.
Bicknell knows he won’t have any problems motivating his men from now until the end of the season.
Hel said: “We now have ten huge matches coming up until the end and I want to win all of them.”
Cup hero and resident predator, Taylor, is also hoping that he can score more priceless goals to fire Town to promotion.
“The gaffer’s had us training hard and we’ve played a lot of games but my appetite for scoring goals remains and I want to score every time I walk out on that pitch.”