Slow start but Choules not yet a worried man
Uxbridge boss concentrating on tough FA Cup test FOOTBALL
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