Slow start but Choules not yet a wor­ried man

Uxbridge boss con­cen­trat­ing on tough FA Cup test FOOT­BALL

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Corey Ea­ton-McKnight tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­

UXBRIDGE man­ager Tony Choules is un­con­cerned by his team’s slow start to the sea­son and will not be look­ing ner­vously at the ta­ble for a few months yet.

The Reds lost their open­ing four South­ern League Di­vi­sion One Cen­tral fix­tures be­fore grab­bing three points for the first time this sea­son at the week­end.

Goals from Mark Den­ni­son, Craig Tomkins and a late Chris Moore header se­cured a 3-2 derby win over North­wood in one of the most ex­cit­ing der­bies seen at Hon­ey­croft in re­cent years.

They fol­lowed that with a 1-1 stale­mate at home to nearneigh­bours AFC Hayes, who went into the game on the back of a 4-0 thrash­ing by Bed­ford, in their sec­ond suc­ces­sive derby on bank hol­i­day Mon­day.

It was just what Choules needed af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of the first few weeks of the campaign.

“Pick­ing up the first points is always the hard­est,” he said.

“It’s only the start of the sea­son so there’s no point in look­ing at the ta­ble now and wor­ry­ing or get­ting over ex­cited.

“Per­son­ally, I don’t look at the ta­ble un­til Novem­ber when we’ve played 15 or so games. Tra­di­tion­ally, we turn out the bet­ter side in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.

“We look where we are and think, at the end of the day, we need to just get bet­ter than last sea­son, points-tally wise”.

“Ev­ery­one talks about Uxbridge be­ing up there or there­abouts and the play-offs.

“We’ve got the know-how in the league though, be­ing on the los­ing end in the fi­nal and a semi­fi­nal pre­vi­ously.”

With the league only in its in­fancy, at­ten­tion is al­ready be­ing turned to the FA Cup and Choules is hop­ing his Reds don’t fall prey to the un­der­dog this week­end.

They play Spar­tan South Mid­lands Pre­mier Di­vi­sion AFC Dun­sta­ble on Sun­day and the Uxbridge boss is not tak­ing his op­po­nents lightly.

“We know it will be tough,” he said. “And our op­po­nents be­ing a league be­low us means they will be even more up for it.”


n STAY­ING CALM: Tony Choules – no wor­ries about the league un­til Novem­ber

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