‘You could be FAB like old boy Ben’

Bashir says SYCOB can be a plat­form for play­ers ‘We need strong char­ac­ters’

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

from third-bot­tom up­wards would be a suc­cess this sea­son as we took over a few days be­fore the start with no manager or play­ers.

“We need a few more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers, but the em­pha­sis will al­ways be on show­cas­ing tal­ented young play­ers – we wouldn’t have come here if not.

“I use Ben Glad­win, who was part of my project and also played for quite a few lo­cal clubs, and who I think will be play­ing in the Pre­mier League next sea­son as a good ex­am­ple of what the play­ers at SYCOB can achieve if they progress.”

One player who has done the jour­ney in re­verse, hav­ing started out with Read­ing be­fore drift­ing into non-league foot­ball with the likes of Farn­bor­ough and Burn­ham be­fore end­ing up at Bea­cons­field in March, is Char­lie Los­saso.

Bashir said: “I took Char­lie to Read­ing when I was at their academy. He’s try­ing to get his ca­reer back on track and is hop­ing to find a Con­fer­ence club in the long run, but has said he will come back and start pre-sea­son with us.”

A Vic­tor Osubu strike saw Bea­cons­field fin­ish the sea­son with a 1-1 draw against Uxbridge, see­ing out the cam­paign un­beaten in five games and five points clear of the drop zone.

For Bashir, who was un­able to pre­vent Hayes & Yead­ing slip­ping out of the Con­fer­ence Na­tional in his first job in man­age­ment three years ago, help­ing keep Bea­cons­field up re­moved that monkey from his back.

He added: “Both have been tough jobs, but Hayes was a dif­fer­ent sce­nario.

“The bud­get we had was laugh­able, the small­est in the league, and the club was set up for rel­e­ga­tion. To fin­ish rel­e­gated by just four points was an achieve­ment in it­self.” TOP of Danny Ed­wards’ sum­mer shop­ping list will be a group of men­tally strong play­ers to give his Chal­font St Peter side a stronger char­ac­ter, writes Tim Street.

A roller-coaster sea­son – which saw Saints rise to the play-offs places with a fan­tas­tic run be­fore Christ­mas, then plum­met back down the ta­ble with an equally poor run af­ter it – came to an end with a goal­less draw against cham­pi­ons Ket­ter­ing last Satur­day.

Although Chal­font, who fin­ished 16th in South­ern One Cen­tral, saw out the sea­son un­beaten in five games, it is the run of 13 with­out a win be­fore it that has caused manager Ed­wards con­cern.

He said: “I’m go­ing to start re­build­ing as soon as the last ball is kicked, so the pres­sure is on.

“Some peo­ple just float around, and they’re not the ones to have when you’re on a los­ing run.

“We now need four or five per­son­al­i­ties in there who are strong and can all help dig us out of a rut and who I’m sure are able to meet the chal­lenge – that’s what we’re look­ing for.

“It doesn’t need whole­sale changes, but we need a few if we’re to move on as we’ve been flaky and weak men­tally, and I’ve al­ready iden­ti­fied a few.”

Ed­wards feels he has al­ready found some po­ten­tial stars for next sea­son within his own squad, hav­ing given some fringe play­ers a chance dur­ing the run in.

He added: “I’ve been giv­ing lads chances who haven’t been in­volved or re­cently joined. Adam Pepera has led well and com­manded from the back and I thought Jack Wal­dren would be a bit light­weight, but he has done re­ally well.

“I’ve also been im­pressed with Will Hud­son in mid­field and Sam Butcher in goal looks re­ally good, while Ash­ley Fongho is a smart lad who has come in with a top notch at­ti­tude and suits us down to the ground.”

Glad­win

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