Butt tipped for the top with right men­tal­ity

Boss says all am­a­teur player needs is some self belief

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

“Nev­er­the­less, it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for him, and the first of many steps he can take to­wards be­com­ing a pro. He’s got what it takes, he just needs to ex­press him­self and show peo­ple what he can do.

“The foot­ball is there, he just needs some self-con­fi­dence. That was the only dif­fer­ence be­tween him and the other lads out there.

Butt, who was once on the books of Che­sham United, has spent the past two years play­ing for Pond Park, who have al­ready forged a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing young tal­ent.

Bul­gar­ian stu­dent Mikel Stareyshin­ski was one of two of their play­ers snapped up by Hilling­don Bor­ough ear­lier this year and was also be­ing tracked by Premier League side Sun­der­land be­fore in­jury struck.

Ngody said: “Mikel has an edge and a hunger, and once he has got over his in­jury, the Sun­der­land scout has said he will take another look at him.”

Mean­while, a young Pond Park side have found life tough since be­ing pro­moted to the Ayles­bury & Dis­trict Premier last sea­son, start­ing life in the higher di­vi­sion with eight straight de­feats.

How­ever, they fi­nally turned the cor­ner on Satur­day with their first win of the sea­son, ham­mer­ing Down­ley Al­bion 7-1 thanks to a Gary Bull hat-trick, a Rhys Blaken brace and fur­ther goals from Am­jad Mirza and Joel Break­s­pear.

Ngody added: “Slowly but surely, the boys are grow­ing and be­com­ing men. They have re­alised how tough it is play­ing against men who have played at this level for years. But we are bet­ter than we have shown, and we are now be­com­ing a team.”

Photo by Waliid Ack­bar

TIPPED FOR THE TOP: Safeer Butt (far right) in ac­tion for Pond Park Rangers

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