CHALVEY Sports Reserves manager Carl Feasey is taking the positives from a slow start to the new season.

Feasey watched his side beat Stoke Poges Saints on the opening day, but since then Sports have suffered three straight defeats.

A 5-0 loss at home to Langley on Saturday leaves them in sixth position in the East Berkshire Premier Division, but Feasey is looking forward to the challenge of testing his side against the best.

He told the Observer: “Since Bradley O’Brien and I have taken over the reserves team we’ve won Division Three and Two, and have established ourselves in the Premier.

“We’re playing a higher quality opponent and testing ourselves against the best, and what we need to do is improve. We want to improve on last season.

Some of the boys we’ve brought in started playing men’s football here at Chalvey, they’ve gone away and then come back.

“They know what the club is all about so it’s not like they’re total strangers, but bringing in so many new players does have a little unsettling effect.

“The last two results have not gone to plan, but the performances have not been bad so there’s plenty to be positive about.

“The competitions we are in now, we’re going to be playing teams that have been at this level for years. So for us it’s a little step into the unknown, but we’re looking forward to the challenge.”

Commenting on the defeat to the defending champions Langley, Feasey said: “It was a poor performance considering we played them four times last season, including in a cup final, and were competitive on each occasion.

"We were one goal down at half-time and made a good start to the second half. We could have equalised with a chance that was cleared off the line.

"But, then we reverted to type and a good side like Langley will exploit that. Given they made changes they could have had one or two more goals."

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