‘We need to bounce back again’
Grayley eyes derby win after weekend loss Hurley leaves emotion behind
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.”