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Looking back at Chippenham and forward to Merthyr Town on Saturday

Monday 6th February 2017

Big month continues for Chesham with a tough trip across the Severn Bridge.

As Chesham United prepare for tomorrow's international trip to Merthyr Town, the Southern League promotion race remains full of twists and surprising results. Chesham's tough run of fixtures continues after Tuesday nights midweek 3-1 defeat away at Chippenham Town. Chesham’s run of midweek fixtures began with a defeat away to the league leaders. Ultimately Chippenham ran out comfortable winners but there was an element of good fortune about both their first-half goals.Andy Leese

Speaking after the defeat at Chippenham, Chesham United manager Andy Leese said, "Another frustrating night on Tuesday as we let an opportunity pass by. We did well for the opening spell of the game, but lost concentration and made errors to effectively give Chippenham the game. You cannot do that against the top sides.

"The penalty decision and the explanation for it defied belief, but we made errors leading up to it which you cannot do at this level. Injuries are still affecting us and the timing is very unfortunate with so many important games to play. I am trying to add players to give us options but it is difficult getting the right quality and character to make an immediate impression.

"We have key players missing that would affect any team. I have challenged the squad to deal better with the position we are in and to show more resolve while we get back to full strength. We are still in a great position, and if you had offered it to us last summer with the FA Cup run, then we would have taken it. We have to stick together across the club and get through this month picking up as many points as we can."

Merthuyr come into tomorrow's placed 2nd in the Leagye with 65 points from their 33 games. Merthyr boast one of two unbeaten home records in the division with 11 wins and 5 draws from their 16 homes games so far, having dispatched fellow title chasers and all who have visited Penydarren Park this season. Chesham have spoilt the Merthyr party before however when Merthyr's previous long unbeaten run was ended by the travelling Generals in a 2-1 win in September 2015, goals from Youngs and Ujah brought to an end a run of 8 consecutive home league wins for Merthyr. Match report.

Tomorrow, Saturday 11th February, we make the trek to Wales for our Southern League Premier Division fixture with Merthyr Town. The coach leaves The Meadow at 9am. If you would like to travel please contact Brian McCarthy on 01442 871750 or email brianjmccarthy@virginmedia.com to check availability.

For those travelling independently the address is:
The Loadlok Community Stadium, Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, CF47 8RF

Andy Leese is anticipating a tough match against an in-form side, "Merthyr provide another stiff test tomorrow. They are in great form and unbeaten at home this season. We may have a couple of the injured players available again. We will have to be at our best to get something from the game. If you can join us down there it would be good to have some vocal support!"

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