‘We were cowardly’

Saints boss hits out at cer­tain play­ers after FA Cup qual­i­fy­ing round ca­pit­u­la­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

FU­RI­OUS Danny Ed­wards has warned his Chal­font St Peter play­ers that some of them may never wear the shirt again.

The Saints boss hit out fol­low­ing Satur­day’s dis­mal 4-1 sur­ren­der at Eve­sham United in the FA Cup third qual­i­fy­ing round, which fol­lowed on from a 6-5 league de­feat to Pot­ters Bar.

None of the spirit which saw Chal­font over­come South­ern Premier side Hunger­ford and South­ern One Cen­tral lead­ers Ket­ter­ing was ev­i­dent as they were out­fought and thought at Eve­sham.

But Ed­wards ad­mits, with his side just two points off the South­ern One Cen­tral drop zone, he was hav­ing con­cerns even be­fore their cup exit, which again saw Chal­font fail to make the fourth qual­i­fy­ing round for the first time ever.

He said: “Some play­ers might have played their last game for the club. You couldn’t re­ally tell a player you would want to keep him at the club based on that dis­play.

“They were all appalling, it was dis­grace­ful. Some just haven’t got the heart. Me and the coach­ing team want play­ers who match our de­sire. “Cowardly is the only word I can e for that dis­play. They all hid and dn’t take any re­spon­si­bil­ity. esham were okay, but we made em look world class. “It’s frus­trat­ing be­cause we fan­cied de­cent cup run and we had the me side out as we did against unger­ford and Ket­ter­ing, but we n’t de­fend like we did. “You can’t con­cede 10 goals in a ek, it’s em­bar­rass­ing. “We de­fended badly last Tues­day d I thought it would be dif­fer­ent day. It’s not ac­cept­able and I won’t ve it again. “They ob­vi­ously didn’t take on oard what was said at half time as e went back out and con­ceded gain within a minute, and we were ever go­ing to get back into it from hat.

“I al­ready had con­cerns be­fore he game as our cup run has hid­den ut poor league form, but I won’t

out- have another sea­son like we had last year.”

De­spite his anger with the whole team, Ed­wards in­sists he won’t be mak­ing whole­sale changes, but has moved quickly to bring back de­fender Adam Louth from Har­row Bor­ough.

Louth made his come­back in Tues­day night’s Red In­sure Cup first round vic­tory over AFC Hayes, which Chal­font won 6-5 on penal­ties fol­low­ing a 1-1 draw. Ed­wards hopes to add to Louth’s cap­ture by bring­ing in three more play­ers be­fore Chal­font take on AFC Hayes again on Satur­day, this time in the FA Trophy pre­lim­i­nary round.

‘EM­BAR­RASS­ING’: Remmel Clarke gives Chal­font St Peter the lead at Eve­sham; (left) boss Danny Ed­wards was fu­ri­ous after his side then leaked four goals

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