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.

Con­trib­uted

ROUND ONE: Mitchell McNulty scores for Chal­font Wasps against Great Mis­senden

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