27th January 2017
This Saturday 28th January, we travel to St Ives to face Cambridge City for this Evo-Stik Southern Premier League fixture. Cambridge City are currently ground-sharing at St Ives after the closure of their Milton Road ground and a subsequent ground share at Histon. For travelling supporters, the venue for Saturday games is St Ives Town Football Club, Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT.
When these two sides met on Sept 27th Chesham were the victors in a 3-1 home win. Cambridge started quickest taking an early league after 2 minutes through striker Cemal Ramadan. Goals from Ryan Blake and Brad Wadkins turned it around before half time for the Generals. The visitors’ hopes were further damaged on 38 minutes, when Dean Mason floored Benji Crilley with a wild challenge and was immediately shown a straight red card. With a goal advantage against ten men Chesham controlled the second half, with Dave Pearce bagging a 3rd after 88 minutes to seal the points.
Our visitors currently lie in 23rd place with 20 points from 29 games, and with a 2 win, 4 draw and 8 defeat record at home this season. Chesham, for their part, have had a period of rest after losing games against Frome and Banbury to a frozen pitch and fog respectively. Chesham come into this game unbeaten in 10 leagues stretching back to November with 24 points from those 10 league games to move Chesham back into the top 8 and within striking distance of the play offs.
Comments from Andy Leese, looking back at the Banbury abandonment and looking forward to Saturday's clash at Cambridge.
Another disrupted week with a postponement and an abandonment. It was ominous pre kick off at Banbury when the fog rolled in, and it was the right decision to call it off. We were struggling to adapt with new players in the team, but we learnt plenty even from the 40 minutes we played!
We need to train again tonight and get set for Cambridge at the weekend. They will be scrapping for points and with some new players and new management since we last played them, we know it will be a challenge. I hope one or two injuries have recovered in time for the weekend but we will be careful as we need players 100% ready, not coming back too soon and risking a recurrence.
We have been busy off the pitch as you will have seen, adding Dave Hutton, Oran Swales and Curtis Ujah to the group. We have also signed former player Richard Hayward as cover for our GK position should we need to call on him with Ash out injured. I learnt this week that you can’t ever have too many players signed on! With a hectic schedule, we will need them.
Hope to see you in good numbers at the Cambridge game.
Other Chesham Utd news
The 1st XI's next fixture after the Cambridge game is at home v St Neots on Sat 04/02 KO 15:00.
The Reserves are next in action at home to Biggleswade FC on Sat 28/01. This is the first competitive fixture for the reserves in 3 weeks, having lost a number of games to the weather.
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