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Edwards plays down Chalfont's renewed play-off hopes

CHALFONT St Peter boss Danny Edwards is banning the P-word around Mill Meadow despite seeing their season re-ignited this week.

Danny Edwards
Danny Edwards

CHALFONT St Peter boss Danny Edwards is banning the P-word around Mill Meadow despite seeing their season re-ignited this week.

The Saints backed up a weekend win at Marlow with victory in a bad-tempered derby game against Beaconsfield SYCOB on Tuesday night.

The match was marred by two red cards for the visitors, arguments between the dugouts and violence in the crowd that forced the referee to stop the game for nearly 10 minutes during the first-half.

Daniel Hicks headed Chalfont ahead after just seven minutes before Rams captain Fiston Manuella saw red for two rash challenges within a minute.

Beaconsfield lost their heads and conceded a second on 20 minutes before SYCOB left-back Craig Carby kicked out at Hicks before the break to see the visitors down to nine men for the second half.

Adam Louth netted a third for Chalfont three minutes after the break, which turned out to be the end of the scoring.

“It was one of the most bizarre evenings I have ever been involved in,” said Edwards.

“We changed the system and it wasn’t working too well but we were two-nil ahead. But, after the two sendings-off, the game was effectively over.

“When it became embarrassing and ridiculous we had to remember we were ahead.”

Back-to-back wins have moved Chalfont within five points of the Evo-Stik Division One Central play-offs with a game in hand.

Uxbridge visit Mill Meadow on Saturday and another win for Edwards’ side would put them back in the race for promotion – but whisper it quietly.

He said: “We are not even going to mention the magic P-word at the moment because the last six weeks has been killing us with results around us and our form.

“It is a horrible term but we will just take each game as it comes, be boring and if we can finish high up the table in our first year in the Southern League then it is a great achievement.

“We have a lot of injuries again and if you had told me on
Friday night that we would have two wins and six points out of six I would have been very,
very happy.”

That injury list continues to mount with striker Lewis Toomey, recently signed from Hemel, limping off on Tuesday and Kyle Jeffery facing a spell out with a torn hamstring.

 
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