‘We need to adapt our game to con­di­tions’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

DANNY Ed­wards re­mains cau­tious about his side’s play-off chances, de­spite a re­mark­able run of just one de­feat in 10 league games parachut­ing them right into the hunt for a top five place.

Last week, mid­fielder Alex Paine told the Ad­ver­tiser he be­lieves Chal­font St Peter have what it takes to be there at the end of the sea­son. They are only shy of a South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral play-off place on goal dif­fer­ence, but Ed­wards knows it will take a huge ef­fort.

“It’s good to hear play­ers hav­ing con­fi­dence in their own abil­ity, but you would ex­pect that with the run we have been on. From the po­si­tion we’re in, you want to progress to the best of your abil­ity, but no­body is run­ning away with this league, and it de­pends on which teams bring some con­sis­tency.

“Our start was appalling, but in two months we man­aged to turn our­selves from rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates into a pos­si­ble play-offs team – and it can all change again.

“You need to be lucky with in­juries. We don’t have a re­serve team, so it’s al­ways frag­ile when we lose a player. But when we get the likes of John Car­roll, Daniel Hughes, Ter­rell Lewis and Luke Brook­sSmith back, it will be like hav­ing four new sign­ings.

“We also need to be able to adapt our game. It’s no se­cret that we like to get the ball down and move it quickly, but the pitches are start­ing to get bad now, and they will only get worse.”

Aaron Lan­siquot struck a late equaliser to earn Chal­font a 1-1 draw at Ayles­bury United last week­end. Satur­day’s home game is against Uxbridge.

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