Saints face conquerors of Man United after taking Hungerford scalp in FA Cup qualifying
HAVING performed one giantkilling act, Chalfont St Peter boss Danny Edwards has urged his side to pull off another next week – against the ultimate giant-killers.
The Saints knocked Southern Premier side Hungerford Town out of the FA Cup side on Saturday, the fourth time in six years they have knocked a higher division side out of the world’s oldest football competition.
Now Edwards wants his troops to repeat the trick in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup next Wednesday at home to League One MK Dons, who pulled off the ultimate shock last month when they hammered Manchester United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup.
He said: “We’ve not played them before, but they’re bringing a strong squad down.”
Goals from Alan Hedley and Glenn Yala earned the Saints, who have also run Conference sides Team Bath and Bishops Stortford close in recent years, their latest giant-killing on Saturday and Edwards puts it all down to hard work on the training ground.
He said: “We have a good coaching team who put in some hard work on the training pitch, and the boys have always been brilliant trainers.
“We have two sessions a week, sometimes three, and even though we have no reserve team we still get 24 to 26 at every session because we do things properly and put on good sessions, which appeal to them as they help them learn and develop as players.
“We do things properly and they want to learn and listen. It’s good to see it paying off, although we need to get more consistency as it gets frustrating when you see certain players who only turn it on for the big cup games.
“We are on a bit of a run at the moment though. It was a slow start, but it’s looking better now with five wins and two draws from the last seven games.”
Three days after the MK Dons game, Chalfont will be in cup action again when they travel to fellow Southern League Central side Kettering Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.
Edwards added: “We wanted another team from the league above to test ourselves against, but Kettering will be a good test as they are favourites for our league and will have 1,000 people cheering them on. “We will definitely be underdogs. “As a manager I’d always prefer three points, but a cup run is massive for the boys.”
Before those cup games, Chalfont host Rugby Town in the league on Saturday.
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