Hedley strikes gold at Saints
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HE MIGHT have just signed a new striker, but Danny Edwards admits his most deadly source of goals was sitting in his midfield all along.
The Chalfont St Peter boss this week signed former Hanwell Town and North Greenford United striker Myles Stephenson from Conference South side Hayes & Yeading.
But the man of the moment at Mill Meadow, as far as goals are concerned, is skipper Alan Hedley, whose hot scoring streak culminated in a hat-trick in Saturday’s 4-3 win over Uxbridge.
More used to playing in midfield, Hedley has been moved up front by Edwards this season and has not looked back, hitting double figures already.
Edwards said: “I’ve known Alan for 10 years and I originally played him at centre-back for a season so he could learn a defensive side to his game.
“We have Alex Paine in the middle, who Alan is quite similar too, so we tried him up front as we thought he would give us something different up there with his pace, movement and aggression.
“Alan is the type of player who wouldn’t even complain if you put him in goal. He’s been my best player over the past four or five years, and I’m fed up with giving him all the player of the year awards.”
Despite Hedley’s scoring exploits, Edwards was delighted to add Stephenson to his ranks to give him some more options up front.
He added: “Myles has not played a lot of football recently and has lost his enthusiasm for the game, but he annihilated us in pre-season and I have kept an eye on him ever since.
“Phil Babb said he couldn’t see where Myles would fit in at Hayes & Yeading, and when Myles found out we had signed his good friend Louis Stead from North Greenford United he was keen to come too.”
Stephenson was due to make his first start for the club in last night’s (Wednesday) Berks & Bucks Senior Cup quarter-final against Aylesbury United.
Chalfont are in cup action again against Chesham United in the Red Insure Trophy next Tuesday, before which they host Egham Town in Southern One Central on Saturday.
HOTSHOT: Chalfont St Peter’s Alan Hedley in action against Uxbridge and (right) Myles Stephenson (in blue) is his new rival for a position up front