Choules to shoot down the Ravens
UXBRIDGE face an uphill task to progress past Bromley in the FA Cup this weekend, but Reds manager Tony Choules has a plan.
The big-spending Ravens are flying high in the Conference South and are one of the favourites to win promotion this season.
They were beaten 3-0 by Gosport Borough on Saturday though, while Choules’ Red Army picked up an excellent 1-0 victory over Potters Bar Town thanks to a Kev Warner goal.
The enthusiastic manager reckons if his underdogs can keep Bromley quiet in the early stages the Hayes Lane fans might get twitchy in their seats.
Choules said: “It was a very good win for us on Saturday and I believe we were the better side from the first whistle. We now go into Saturday against Bromley on the back of that and with our tails up. Bromley are in a no-win situation.
“Myself and Paul Mills will sit down and come up with a plan. We’re going there to try and win, but also we don’t want to take a hammering.
“It was a terrible draw for us. They are a good side – big, physical and experienced. Their keeper Seb Brown is an England C international.
“Uxbridge has a great tradition of playing well against bigger sides. If they’d have won 3-0 at the weekend then we’d go there a bit more apprehensive. We need to keep them quiet for as long as possible and then they start to get nervous.
“We’ll try and get it done on the day because in cup football it’s very rare that you take the second opportunity.
“They learn a lot about you in the first game and that will help them to set up for the replay. It would be good for the club to get a replay though.”
Elsewhere in the Southern League Division One Central, Northwood played out a goalless draw with Daventry Town on Saturday and basement dwellers AFC Hayes lost 3-1 at Barton Rovers.
With both already out the FA Cup, AFC Hayes take on Daventry this weekend while Northwood host Hanwell Town.
In the Spartan South Midlands Premier, Hillingdon Borough edged a 4-3 thriller with Cockfosters with Charles Conner, Tom Kirk, Mark Chijindue and Francisco Carow on target with Harefield United beaten 3-1 by Hertford Town, Harry Newman netting their consolation goal.
Last night (Tuesday) the Hares were due to be at Wembley and Hillingdon Borough travelled to Broxbourne Borough in the Challenge Trophy.
It is back to league action on Saturday as Harefield take on Cockfosters while Hillingdon welcome Holmer Green and then on Tuesday the Hares are at Stotfold, while Borough welcome Kings Langley.