Sep 13 2012 By Matt Lewis
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FUMING Tony Choules has hauled his Uxbridge players in for an extra training session following their FA Cup exit.
The Reds were knocked out of the competition by Spartan South Midlands Premier Division outfit Berkhamstead after a 4-3 thriller at Honeycroft on Saturday.
Choules was planning to give his players a rest on Tuesday night but demanded they come in for extra training as punishment.
“They would’ve had a night off on Tuesday but we’ve called them in,” he said.
“I’m very angry. We did our homework, identified the weaknesses, and we just didn’t perform on the day.
“It’s very hard to accept when you know your staff have done everything they can to prepare the players and tell them things that the opposition will do, but when players don’t take any notice it makes it a very bitter pill for me to swallow.”
Josh Chamberlain was fortunate to put Berkhamstead in front early on as his wayward cross somehow found the back of the net.
Nicke Kabamba headed in the equaliser before Chris Moore beat Kevin Marsh to give the Reds the lead for the first time in the match.
With the game heading into the final 10 minutes it looked as if the Reds were safe until Chamberlain grabbed his second to level the score.
Uxbridge substitute Shaun Lucien restored the home side’s advantage soon after but the real drama came at the death.
Berkhamstead hauled themselves level once more through Connor Calcutt and Jordan Frederick produced an injury-time blockbuster to dump the Reds out of the competition.
Uxbridge return to league action this weekend when they take on bottom of the table Woodford United, however Choules is taking nothing for granted after the weekend’s FA Cup heartbreak.
“They’ve got no points and only scored one goal – that’s a recipe for disaster for us,” he added.
“I’d have preferred someone in the top half of the table so we’d have to go out there and be on our toes. I expect Woodford to be a very tough game.”
Uxbridge reserves lost 5-2 at Walton and Hersham with Joel Benali and Sam Alunko on the scoresheet.