League leaders are gunning for glory again this season
Penn & Tylers lost only two league games on way to the title last time out
MANAGER Giovanni Sepede says it will be difficult to emulate the success of last season at Penn & Tylers Green FC – but they will give it a good go anyway.
Penn stormed to the Hellenic Division One East title last season, losing only two league games, but were not promoted due to their ground grading. They have started this season in similar fashion and are leading Division One East and remain the only side unbeaten in the Hellenic League after 10 games.
Sepede said: “We’ve carried on where we left off really, but it feels like it’s been a bit tougher, and it is only in the last four or five games we have got going properly. At the start of the season we were winning but not hitting top form.
“Saying that, we’re in a better position than we were after 10 games last season. It will be tough to emulate what we did, and you can’t really judge things until after Christmas, but we’re a little bit stronger.
“We kept 99 per cent of the squad together, losing only Danny Jordan, who is taking time out with his young family. We’ve added Fred Tripp from Chalfont Wasps – and he’s scored 11 goals in six games – as well as left-back Sam Walters and keeper Josh Cockerill, who all have Southern League experience.”
Penn won 4-0 at Prestwood in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup on Saturday, Tripp making it onto the score sheet again and Cockerill saving from the penalty spot with the score at 1-0. George Weller scored with a volley from the edge of the area and Adam Parsons played a neat one-two with Lee Thompson before netting. Dean Munday added a last-minute volley.
Chalfont Wasps’ Division One East game against AFC Aldermaston was postponed because of the wet weather.
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