TONY Choules is not looking further than Uxbridge’s youth system to replace departed winger Shaun Lucien.
Lucien joined up with Dave Anderson’s Harrow Borough this week after the Ryman Premier outfit had put in a seven-day approach for the wide-man.
Uxbridge started life without Lucien by picking up their third win on the bounce at Leighton on Saturday as Matt Woods netted the only goal of the game.
The Reds fielded three U17s starlets for the clash and boss Choules has been delighted with the contribution of young guns like Zaki Oualah and Callum Madigan.
He said: “It was an excellent win and we were very pleased with it. I’m very pleased for Matty Woods because he’s had a tough time of it of late and he’s come back with three goals in three games.
“We put in a very good performance with three young lads under the age of 17 in the squad and we’ve gone to Leighton and got nothing before. We were quietly confident we could get something and we were proved right and we should’ve had more goals.
“In the past six months we have lost some very influential players like Michael Murray, Howard Hall and Chris Moore – and Shaun Lucien is another one. Our scouting system at Uxbridge is second-to-none, but Paul Mills and I are looking to promote from within now.”
It was Uxbridge’s second straight clean sheet and Choules was delighted to see his troops putting in a shift at the back as well as up front.
“Keeping clean sheets has been our problem but Mark Dennison and Rob Fitzgerald have been massive for us,” he added.
“The young lads come in have given them the chance to do their jobs.
“Two clean sheets in the past two games is very pleasing.”