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

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT - By Matt Lewis matt.lewis@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

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