IT’S IN THE BLOOD

Ger­rards Cross boy gets Eng­land U15s call up, fol­low­ing fam­ily tra­di­tion of top-flight sport­ing achieve­ment Tomkins says he had no hes­i­ta­tion sign­ing for Saints boss Ed­wards

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The Southern League vet­eran has played more than 200 games for Uxbridge, as well as en­joy­ing some­what briefer spells with AFC Hayes, Burn­ham and Hen­don, and also spent some time play­ing in Aus­tralia this year.

But he moved to Chal­font last month to, in the words of Ed­wards at the time, have a shot at some sil­ver­ware with the Southern One Cen­tral high-fliers.

Tomkins said: “Danny is some­thing else. He goes out for about half an hour be­fore games to as­sess the weather con­di­tions, then comes in with a game plan. Some­times it seems weird, but it al­ways works – it’s mad.

“Not many man­agers would stand out there like that to as­sess the weather, I’ve never come across it be­fore.

“At Uxbridge, Choulesy (Tony Choules) would just say the same thing ev­ery week – telling us to kick and bite.

“Danny’s also like your friend out­side the chang­ing room, which you don’t get with other man­agers as they think they can’t get too close to play­ers.

“He never shouts and screams but can be cut throat when he needs to be.”

Tomkins has been a big hit since his ar­rival at Mill Meadow, scor­ing two and pro­vid­ing nu­mer­ous as­sists, in­clud­ing for the first of Tony Mendy’s brace in last Satur­day’s 2-1 win at Roys­ton.

Mendy’s sec­ond was a last minute win­ner, keep­ing Chal­font sec­ond in Southern One Cen­tral ahead of this Satur­day’s key home clash against lead­ers AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds.

It also helped the Saints re­cover from their sur­prise home de­feat to Tomkins’ for­mer club, Uxbridge, four days ear­lier.

Tomkins said: “I heard Uxbridge’s whole game plan changed. They were all friendly and ‘ how you do­ing Tommo?’ be­fore the game, but they were in to me from the off on the pitch.

“I didn’t have any space breathe.

“Nor­mally I can just get on with my own game, which Danny lets us do here, but they dou­bled up on me and I had two men on me at all times.”

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