Wasps celebrate first victory in six months
Win the first of season for team ‘slowly getting together’
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.
Two-goal hero Lewis Cumber