Wasps cel­e­brate first vic­tory in six months

Win the first of sea­son for team ‘slowly get­ting to­gether’

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

MAN­AGER Den­nis Higgs joked that Chal­font Wasps will be hold­ing an open top bus pa­rade after the club fi­nally bagged their first win of the sea­son – six months in.

Two goals from Lewis Cum­ber and one from Con­nor Cum­ber saw Wasps pick up their first three points since April last year with a 3-1 win at Head­ing­ton Am­a­teurs on Satur­day.

How­ever, the hard work is still to come if they are to avoid fin­ish­ing bot­tom of Hel­lenic Di­vi­sion One (East) – they are still seven points adrift with a goal dif­fer­ence of mi­nus 47.

Higgs said: “It’s been a long, hard slog, but we have de­served it based on our per­for­mances over the past few weeks. We’ve been un­lucky not to win any of our last few games.

“We’re slowly get­ting a team to­gether and keep­ing it to­gether after hav­ing to start from scratch this sea­son. We’ve got a nice lit­tle squad to­gether now.

“We’ve been knock­ing on the door, and this should give us a bit on con­fi­dence to go out and get a few more wins now. We did it the hard way though, go­ing 1-0 down, and to be hon­est at that point we had our keeper, Jack Childs, to thanks for keep­ing it to just a sin­gle goal with some fan­tas­tic saves.”

The man who helped Wasps turn the game around was for­mer Ful­ham young­ster Lewis Cum­ber, who was last year play­ing two lev­els higher with Chal­font St Peter and once had a spell play­ing in the New Zealand top flight the sea­son be­fore.

Per­haps it is a fam­ily thing which has per­suaded him to drop down to step six. He was one of five Cum­ber brothers to fea­ture for Wasps on Satur­day – along­side Con­nor, Bobby, Al­fie and Bran­don – while their dad, Perry, is Higgs’ as­sis­tant.

Higgs added: “Lewis took the game by the scruff on the neck in mid­field.

“We haven’t even been play­ing him in his best po­si­tion – if he was at right back I’m sure we would have had other clubs com­ing in for him.”

Wasps’ re­serves, mean­while, went down by the only goal of the game against Rayn­ers Lane.

Else­where, Penn & Tylers Green were knocked out of the Berks & Bucks In­ter­me­di­ate Cup 2-0 by Thames Val­ley League side Mar­low United, but their re­serves knocked Murs­ley United out of the Ju­nior Cup 5-0, with Matt Miller bag­ging four and George Weller grab­bing the other.

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