‘Things are really clicking this year’
Midfielder believes squad has wherewithal to be in play-offs
ALEX Paine reckons Chalfont St Peter have got what it takes to still be in the Southern One Central playoff places at the end of the season.
A run of seven wins in eight games catapulted the Saints from floating just above the relegation scrappers into the top five.
And although last week’s defeat at leaders Kettering brought an end to their run of six wins on the spin, Chalfont bounced back with a 1-0 win over Bedford on Saturday.
And midfielder Paine, who is now in his third season at Mill Meadow following his switch from North Greenford United, believes a play-off push is within their grasp.
“I definitely think we can do it,” he said. “The gaffer has brought in three or four good players who have added to the quality of the squad and have really helped us click.
“The run has stuck us in the play-off positions, and that’s what we want to aim for. The next few games leading up to Christmas will be important to see if we can sustain it.
“We had a strong squad last year but it didn’t work out. Things are really clicking this year though, and the team has more confidence and self-belief now.
“We’ve got a really good team spirit, and the run gave us even more of a boost. Even before that we felt we were hard to beat though.
“We also struggled with goals in previous seasons but are scoring more this year, which is important if we’re going to stay up there.”
One of those three new players, Adam Louth, netted the only goal of the game against Bedford with a free kick, quickly banishing memories of the Kettering defeat and setting up the Saints nicely for Saturday’s trip to Aylesbury United, who they beat 3-0 only six weeks ago.
Paine added: “It was important to bounce back and get the three points to prove it wasn’t all just a flash in the pan. The run had to come to an end at some point, and now we have to start another one.
“We lost to a good team, and there’s no shame in losing to a team like Kettering. It looks like they will win the league, and we could have got more from the game than we did.
“We got back on track by beating Bedford in tough conditions, and we will be looking for three points again at Aylesbury to keep the momentum going.”