Gi­antkillers clash

Saints face con­querors of Man United after tak­ing Hunger­ford scalp in FA Cup qual­i­fy­ing

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

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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