Abbots get off to promising league start Boss Choules just two steps from cup dream
Reds cause upset by beating Dartford in second qualifying FOOTBALL
HILLINGDON Abbots showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in this year’s Herts/Middlesex Division One with a powerful performance against Barnet Elizabethans.
The Abbots secured their first win on the road at the first attempt after storming into a healthy half-
The Red Army upset a Dartford side 44 places above them in the non-league Pyramid at Princes Park on Saturday afternoon in a second qualifying round match.
They have been drawn at home against Southern Premier League leaders Chippenham Town in the next stage on October 10 and Choules can hardly believe the journey his side are embarking on.
He said: “I’ve got to give a lot of time lead and holding out for the victory in the second period.
They started as they meant to go on with Ben Foster offloading to Brad Buckingham for the opening score, with Elliot Wake successfully making the conversion.
Barnet began to apply pressure and used the driving maul to good effect, gaining yards and eventually scoring an unconverted try. credit to the staff and the players. We had a feeling that Dartford wouldn’t take us too seriously. We did our homework and had them
But Hillingdon responded instantly, winning a penalty which was kicked over from 45 metres by fly-half Wake, before the hosts notched one of their own.
Then, after a number of strong carries and passes from Kyle Buckingham, Simon Coldwell and Hayden Elliot, Neil Gordge found himself placing the ball down watched twice. Last week we kept the boys on the training ground until after 10pm and drilled it all into them.
“The boys were awesome. In terms of the mental and physical side of things, I really couldn’t have asked for anything. We were getting jibes about being a pub team, but we went there with three up front and made our intentions known. We did enough to win the game. It was an excellent performance.
“You’re in the hands of the gods, but the one thing you want is a home game in the draw. We’ve got that. It’s a side who are one level above us and we’ve got nothing to worry about.
“Preparations are already under way and we’ll treat them the same as Dartford. between the posts for another converted try.
There was an unfortunate twist for Abbots at the start of the second period as a couple of injuries meant they had to dig in for the points with reduced numbers.
But only one further penalty and unconverted try was conceded by the stubborn visitors and a final kick of their own settled any remaining nerves.
“We’re two steps away from the ultimate, getting to the first round proper, and it would be a very emotional time if we got there. What a feat for the club that would be. There’s a few boys here who will be dreaming about that. We’re in touching distance.”
Three minutes after kick-off at Chestnut Avenue on Saturday and it seemed as though Northwood would also be in the hat for the third qualifying round.
Michael Murray broke the deadlock early on, but Didcot Town hit back with a goal in each half to send the Woods packing.
In the Combined Counties Premier, AFC Hayes grabbed three points at Farm Park as they edged out Horley Town 1-0 at the weekend.
n CUP DREAM: Uxbridge manager Tony Choules