Bar­ratt’s ‘a real foot­baller now’


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

TONY Choules be­lieves Uxbridge young­ster Al­fie Bar­ratt be­came a real foot­baller on Sun­day as the de­fender showed true courage to help his side ad­vance in the FA Cup.

It was quite an af­ter­noon for young Bar­ratt as he was re­spon­si­ble for giv­ing away two penal­ties against AFC Dun­sta­ble that threat­ened to send the Reds out.

Those cou­ple of mis­takes saw a 1-0 lead be­come a 2-1 deficit, only for sub­sti­tute Chris Moore to come off the bench and save the day with a dou­ble blast.

“We played three 19-year-olds – Al­fie Bar­ratt, Jake Cole and Lewis Cole – in the side and thought that there might be a mis­take some­where along the line,” boss Choules said.

“Young Al­fie made two mis­takes and gave away two penal­ties, but I think he grew up and be­came a real foot­baller on Sun­day.

“Our pol­icy is that if we be­lieve th­ese kids are good enough then they are go­ing into the team. He will learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The se­nior play­ers were ab­so­lutely bril­liant with him. Even though we had won the boy was dev­as­tated, but they put an arm around him, par­tic­u­larly Mark Den­ni­son and Wayne Carter.

“It would’ve been easy to turn on him be­cause some of th­ese boys have not got many games left and they want to go as far as they can when the FA Cup comes along.

“It was ter­rific courage and men­tal tough­ness from the boy to come through that.

“I be­lieve he be­came a foot­baller that day and I think he’ll go on and be­come the fin­ished prod­uct now.

“We now go to St Ives on Satur­day and we are on a de­cent lit­tle run. St Ives had an FA Cup re­play on Tues­day evening and we have had a clear week, which should help us.”

Else­where, AFC Hayes and North­wood were hop­ing to join Uxbridge in the first qual­i­fy­ing round by win­ning their re­plays last night (Tues­day).

The Brook were due to travel to Holmer Green, while the Woods were at Kings Lan­g­ley after both games fin­ished 1-1 at the week­end.

Ian Crane’s side follow that up by host­ing lead­ers Ket­ter­ing Town on Satur­day and Chal­font St Peter on Tues­day, while Mark Burgess’s men en­ter­tain Mar­low at the week­end be­fore a mid­week trip to Egham Town.

Mean­while, Spar­tan South Mid­lands side Hare­field United were knocked out of the FA Cup on Satur­day when they lost 2-1 to Lev­er­stock Green.

They be­gin their FA Vase cam­paign this week­end with a first round qual­i­fy­ing tie at Broad­fields United.

Di­vi­sion ri­vals Hilling­don Bor­ough are with­out a Satur­day game for the sec­ond week in a row but re­turn to ac­tion on Tues­day night at home to Tring Ath­letic.

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