Hol­i­days a headache for Cuck­oos boss Whaley

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport -

The sum­mer hol­i­days are giv­ing Yax­ley boss Brett Whale ya headache.

The Cuck­oos squad fea­tures a num­ber of play­ers who are em­ployed in schools.

And that means Whaley has been hit by avail­abil­ity is­sues in the early weeks of the new sea­son.

Yax­ley started with a bang by thump­ing hap­less Hunt­ing­don 12-0 in an FA Cup ex­tra pre­lim­i­nary round tie, but have since lost two of their open­ing three United Coun­ties League Premier Di­vi­sion games.

The lat­est loss ar­rived at Ey­nes­bury on Tues­day night when C har­ley San­ders halved their ar­rears in a 2-1 re­verse.

Whaley said: “We have a good squad, but we’re look­ing like a bunch of in­di­vid­u­als at the mo­ment. That’s be­cause we’re strug­gling with avail­abil­ity and a few in­jury nig­gles at the mo­ment.

“We’ve got quite a few peo­ple with school-based jobs and they ob­vi­ously have to go away dur­ing the sum­mer hol­i­days.

“We’ve had to play four dif­fer­ent for­ma­tions, and pick four dif­fer­ent teams, for our four games so far and it has been dis­jointed as a re­sult.

“There’s no need to panic, but hope­fully we can set­tle things down in the next few games.”

Yax­ley have two cup ties in the com­ing days.

They en­ter­tain higher- level De re ham in an FA Cup clash this Satur­day be­fore host­ing lo­cal ri­vals Peter­bor­ough North­ern Star in a Hinch­ing­brooke Cup date on Tues­day.

Star had lost their open­ing three games of the sea­son in all com­pe­ti­tions ahead of a league trip to Bos­ton Town last night.

Je­vani Brown hit an in­jury-time win­ner as Stam­ford col­lected their first win of the Evo-Stik Di­vi­sion One South sea­son on Tues­day night.

Brown in­spired a Daniels turn­around in a 2-1 suc­cess at Rugby, hit­ting a 72nd minute lev­eller ahead of his last-gasp de­cider.

Spald­ing also claimed their first suc­cess at the same level on Tues­day night.

Cenk Acar and Bradley Wells hit sec­ond-half goals to earn a 2-0 vic­tory against Carl­ton at the Sir H al­ley Ste­wart Play­ing Field.

That’s three goals in two games for Wells who also bagged a brace last Satur­day when the Tulips threw away a two-goal cush­ion in a 2-2 draw at Bed­worth.

Both teams en­ter the FA Cup at the pre­lim­i­nary round stage this Satur­day with Stam­ford go­ing to Sleaford and Spald­ing at Bury Town.

Brett Whaley.

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