Hedley strikes gold at Saints

Cap­tain on hot streak after shift to for­ward po­si­tion Blake backs old team SYCOB

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

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

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