Mid­field trio aim­ing to add some sting to Wasps

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NEW Chal­font Wasps man­ager Gareth Wil­liams has put to­gether two squads vir­tu­ally from scratch – but it is a trio of mid­field­ers he is most ex­cited about.

Alex Cairns, who helped Burn­ham to the South­ern League Cen­tral ti­tle three years ago, has joined along with Josh Urquhart, who also has South­ern League ex­pe­ri­ence with Leighton Town. Tom Fifield, an at­tack­ing mid­fielder from Holmer Green, where Wil­liams was pre­vi­ously re­serve team man­ager, has also signed and is ex­pected to pro­vide a goal threat.

Along­side them in the mid­dle of the park will be Wasps veteran Ryan Sweales, who had a spell in the dugout at The Nest last sea­son and will wear the cap­tain’s arm­band this term.

Wil­liams said: “It’s been tough try­ing to put two squads to­gether, as we’re bring­ing back the re­serve team too, and we’ve been do­ing a lot of look­ing at dif­fer­ent play­ers and part­ner­ships. We’re do­ing okay, but it might take some do­ing.

“We’re still whit­tling it down into two com­pet­i­tive squads, but six pre-sea­son friendlies isn’t enough to tell where we are. Pre-sea­son has been up and down, and there are still things to look at, so we don’t want to set any ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Wil­liams’ new job sees a re­turn to the Hel­lenic League for the for­mer Penn & Tylers Green player af­ter a num­ber of years away in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands League with Holmer Green.

He added: “I know most of the Hel­lenic teams from my time play­ing for Penn, but there are a few new ones to me.”

Wasps get their new Di­vi­sion One East cam­paign un­der way on Satur­day with a trip to one of those un­fa­mil­iar teams, Sand­hurst Town, who have moved over from the Com­bined Coun­ties League.

Reign­ing Di­vi­sion One East cham­pi­ons Penn & Tylers Green also start their sea­son aa­ginst a new Hel­lenic club, host­ing AFC Al­der­mas­ton, who were pro­moted from the Thames Val­ley League.

Over in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands, new Che­sham United Re­serves boss Mani Asare’s reign got off to a los­ing start with a 4-3 re­verse against his for­mer club, Southall, in Di­vi­sion One.

Cal­lum Wood­cock net­ted twice and Char­lie Brooks once for Che­sham, who visit Broad­fields United on Satur­day. Amer­sham Town get their Di­vi­sion Two cam­paign un­der way at Pit­stone & Iv­inghoe on Satur­day.

Tom Fifield is ex­pected to be a goal threat

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