Choules to shoot down the Ravens


Harefield Gazette - - SPORTS -

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.

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