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
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.”