‘We need to bounce back again’

Gray­ley eyes derby win after week­end loss Hur­ley leaves emo­tion be­hind

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

SAM Gray­ley has warned his for­mer club that his new team­mates will be de­ter­mined to take some frus­tra­tions out on them on Satur­day.

The de­fender has had two spells each with derby ri­vals Bea­cons­field SYCOB and Chal­font St Peter, who meet at Hol­loways Park two days after Christ­mas.

But Chal­font, where Gray­ley is cur­rently play­ing, will go into the game de­ter­mined to put right their 3-1 home re­verse to Uxbridge last week­end – only a sec­ond league de­feat in 11.

Alex Paine put Chal­font in front early on, only for Uxbridge to be in front by the break, and a late Gareth Pax­ton own goal sealed the de­feat.

He said: “We let our­selves down on Satur­day, and we know we can play much bet­ter than we did. We didn’t per­form as we have been and we need to bounce straight back.

“It’s es­pe­cially im­por­tant this time of year not to get into a rut as you have game after game, but on the other hand, if we win all our fes­tive games we could be look­ing at be­ing in the top three.”

Gray­ley kick-started his ca­reer with SYCOB three years ago, hav­ing been re­leased by League Two side Wy­combe Wan­der­ers, find­ing his way into the South­ern League via a three­month spell play­ing in Swe­den.

He ad­mits the Bea­cons­fied he re­turns to on Satur­day will be a very dif­fer­ent side to the one he left fol­low­ing com­plete player over­hauls in the past two years, but has backed his for­mer side to beat the drop.

Gray­ley added: “After be­ing let go by Wy­combe I had a spell in Swe­den, which was in­ter­est­ing, with a whole dif­fer­ent lan­guage and cul­ture, but a good ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I was then signed for Bea­cons­field by By­ron Walton, and we had a good team that year, reach­ing the play-offs. After a change in man­ager I went to Chal­font, and have been back and forth a cou­ple of times.

“Things have changed a lot at Bea­cons­field and they have had some big over­hauls, but they are still a well­run club with good own­ers. They’re strug­gling, but I’m sure they will pick up, and they gave us a tough game ear­lier in the sea­son at our place.”

(Right) Sam Gray­ley in ac­tion for Chal­font St Peter; (in­set) Alex Paine put Saints in front ANDY Hur­ley in­sists he will not let emo­tion get in the way of his quest for three points on Satur­day, Street.

While the Bea­cons­field SYCOB boss has never played for Chal­font St Peter, he grew up in the vil­lage and used to watch the Saints play at Mill Meadow as a young­ster.

But that will not stop him want­ing to put his boy­hood he­roes to the sword when they visit Hol­loways Park for a fes­tive derby this week­end.

Hur­ley said: “Chal­font St Peter are close to my heart. It’s where I come from and I still have a lot of fam­ily there. I spent a lot of years watch­ing them as a young­ster in the late 1960s and 1970s.

“They were a real vil­lage side back then, and I played some Sun­day foot­ball there. They’re my home town team, but I’ll be out to take three points off them on Satur­day.”

Hur­ley will have keeper Sam Bunt­ing and de­fender Gu­ram Gu­ramishvilli back after the duo both missed Satur­day’s 4-3 de­feat at Egham through sus­pen­sion.

How­ever, cen­tre back Trey An­der­son, who was drafted in as cover for the Egham game, will re­turn to the Nike Academy, from where he was bor­rowed.

Hav­ing taken an early lead through Alex Mur­ray, SYCOB found them­selves 3-1 down be­fore draw­ing level through Mur­ray and Ash­ley Ka­ly­nack, but shipped the win­ner five min­utes from time.

But Hur­ley did not at­tach any blame to young keeper Lee How­ell, who was thrown in at the deep end and showed signs of be­ing able to chal­lenge Bunt­ing for the num­ber one shirt.

The SYCOB boss added: “Lee is a good keeper who will give Sam some com­pe­ti­tion. Sam hasn’t def­i­nitely got his po­si­tion back and Lee could soon be a reg­u­lar.”

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