Monday 6th February 2017
Big month continues for Chesham with a tough week
As Chesham United prepare for tomorrow's midweek trip to Chippenahm, the Southern League promotion race remains full of twists and surprising results. In a week, where Slough beat long time leaders Leamington 6-0 on Saturday, who then lost 5-2 themselves away at Kings Lynn on a long Tuesday trip to Norfolk before Leamington and Kings Lynn played out a 0-0 draw themselves the following Saturday. The League is once again living up to its reuptation as a tough league where anyone can beat anyone.
Chippenham Town have benefited and now sit top with Merthyr, Hitchin, Leamington and Slough making up the play offs places. Banbury, Frome, Chesham and Kettering are all still well in the mix with a couple of months of the season left. It all makes for a crucial few weeks for The Generals as we travel to Chippenham, Tuesday and to Merthyr the following Saturday. A midweek away trip to St Neots in the reverse of tomorrow's fixture follows on the 14th February before we welcome Leamington to the Meadow on Saturday 18th for another huge fixture in what is a tough February for the Generals. Coming out of the month in or close to the play offs would really force Chesham right into the mix for the top 5.
Reflecting on Saturday's 3 points against St Neots, United manager Andy Leese said, "We did well to see the game through on Saturday against a lively St Neots team. Having dominated the game in the early stages, Mat’s injury caused us to lose our rhythm. We never got going in the second half, and were indebted to Ash for two great saves. It was important to get the points with key players missing, and to get the confidence back. Those who came in did well, but we need to get everyone back as quickly as we can with the schedule we have. Losing MMK is a blow, but we will have to get on with it and utilise the squad.
Chippenham will provide a huge test tomorrow as they always do. They have been very consistent, and this year they have the goals in the team to give them a real chance every week. They are well organised and competitive. We will have to be at our best to get anything from the game. Hope to see a few of you following us to Wiltshire as we look to build on Saturday."
Tomorrow, Tuesday 7th February, we travel to Chippenham Town for another tough Southern League Premier Division fixture. Kick off at Hardenhuish Park is 7.45pm.
Chippenham come into the game placed 1st with 66 points from 32 games played. Its been a strong season for the Wiltshire side, who are also the leagues top scorers with 68 goals scored. It has been a strong last 10 games for the Bluebirds with 22 points from their last 10 to give them one of the best records, Chesham have 23 from the same 10 game period.
Hopefully we will have decent following on Tuesday and again Saturday at Merthyr to support the lads in two important games for our season against play off sides.
There is a coach to Chippenham Town departing the club at 4pm, with a limited number of seats avaliable. If you wish to travel please contact Brian McCarthy on 01442 871750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those travelling independtly, the ground is easily reached off the M4 at J17. The venue is Hardenhish Park, Bristol Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LR.