Poppies boss hails Wilson return to lift club after FA Cup exit

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Poppies joint boss Scott Machin says Lewis Wilson’s return to the club will help lift the gloom that settled on Latimer Park followed his side’s FA Cup exit.

A season’s high crowd of 696 saw the Poppies were beaten by Alan Hedley’s early goal for Chalfont St Peters in their FA Cup second qualifying match at Latimer Park.

Machin afterwards confirmed striker Wilson is returning to the club on a one-month loan from Oxford City.

The 21 year-old striker has netted 14 times for the Poppies in his previous spells with the club and has been brought back following an injury to Jonathan Thorpe.

Machin said: “Lewis trained with the squad on Thursday and we were hoping he would play today, but we couldn’t get the paperwork done in time.

“Lewis is coming in for a month and we will see what happens after that.

“We know what Lewis is all about, we know he scores goals and we need a lift.

“We needed to bring someone in because Thorpey could be out for a number of weeks.

“He has an MRI scan on Tuesday and then we will know what we are dealing with. He may need surgery.”

Reflecting on the loss to Chalfont St Peter, Machin said: “We got good support from the crowd and we let them down.

“We didn’t perform as we should have done.

“We were outdone in every department. Physically they were stronger and we didn’t knock the ball around enough.

“They came here with a game plan and they carried it out. The early goal gave them something to hang onto and just reinforced the game plan. They were able to sit back, defend and hit long balls.

“In the second half we did have spells when we were getting on top and I thought we were a bit unfortunate.

“But we take nothing away from Chalfont. They came with a game plan and it worked.”