First victory for the rebuilt Stingers squad
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MATTHEW Brion believes Chalfont Wasps can build on their win in the county cup – the first this season – and use it as a springboard to success in the league, writes Tim Street.
Two goals in three minutes from Mitchell McNulty, plus a Luke Garvey strike, earned Wasps a 3-2 win over Great Missenden in the first round of the Berks and Bucks Intermediate Cup on Saturday.
But the Stingers, who lost manager Martin Kenealy and almost all their first team squad to Holyport during the summer, have yet to pick up three points in Hellenic League Division One East.
With only skipper Ryan Swales returning for the new season, new manager Brion, a former Wasps player under Martin decade ago, has been rebuilding from scratch.
At the age of 35, the former Burnham reserve keeper has hung up his gloves to concentrate on the mammoth task after picking up an injury in Wasps’ first game of the season.
He said: “It was good to get our first win, but the league is a lot harder, although we know have something to build on. The lads realise they now have to step up a gear, and just in time, as we play leaders Brackley Development on Saturday.
“We have a massive rebuild and we knew it would take until Stone a gradually Christmas to get things back on an even keel. But what we have sifted through is what we now want to go with, and we have 18 lads who are up to the challenge.
“We have tried to stick to the ethos of being a village club by bringing in all local lads. There are a few coming in from Wycombe, bur the rest are all from Chalfont.”
Amersham Town crashed out of the Intermediate Cup, losing 1-0 at home to Eton Wick, but Chesham United Reserves cruised through 3-0 at Stokenchurch, and Penn & Tylers Green saw off Stoke Green 3-1 in their home tie.
Another team celebrating a first win of the season were Holmer Green, who downed last season’s runners-up, Ampthill Town, 3-0 at home in the Spartan South Midlands Premier, thanks to two Dean Allen goals and a Dean Powles strike.
ROUND ONE: Mitchell McNulty scores for Chalfont Wasps against Great Missenden