After three wins in a week for Long Crendon, manager Ryan Davis has praised two of the younger members of his squad, Scott Chappell and Christian Warwick, for their impressive starts to the season.
Talking after their 2-1 win over Wokingham & Emmbrook in uhlsport Hellenic League Division One East, Davis (pictured left) spoke of Chappell and Warwick in glowing terms. "Scott (Chappell) came in midway through last season and his ability was obvious immediately but it was hard for him to force his way in to the starting line-up as we were winning every week. He showed a lot of patience and is getting the rewards now - for a young player he has such a great temperament and his calmness on the ball gives the whole side confidence to play. Christian (Warwick) was at university most of last season but played a big part in our run in and he's carried that form into this season. He's tricky with the ball but his biggest attribute is his ability to pick the right option in the last third. They are both exciting talents and it's going to be enjoyable watching them develop."
Having lost their opening two league games, Crendon have bounced back with four straight wins, including progress in the FA Vase, but Davis admitted they were fortunate to take all three points against Wokingham. "They are a good side and I know they felt hard done by but we also created good chances of our own. We felt similarly unlucky losing a late goal to Risborough so it was good to have the boot on the other foot. The league is so tight that every three points is a big one. A number of our players haven't played at this level before so I'm pleased with how quickly they are adapting but just as it wasn't panic stations when we lost our first two, we aren't getting carried away now - every side can beat each other in this division."
Crendon now have a break from league action with three consecutive cup games, starting with Leighton Town in the Buildbase FA Vase on Sunday. Given that Leighton were quarter finalists two years ago, it arguably ranks as Crendon's biggest ever game and there is likely to be a big crowd in attendance.
Davis conceded it will be a tough test: "It's a huge challenge for us but we acquitted ourselves well against teams from this level last season in cup competitions, so it's one we should relish. Sometimes you have to take stock and realise how far the club has come and this is one of those occasions but come kick off time, you have to forget all that and attack the game like any other match."