Thursday 11th August
Sam Youngs in action in Tuesday evening's win at home to St Ives: image courtesy of Trevor Hyde
This Saturday we are pleased to welcome supporters, players and officials of Dorchester Town to The Meadow for this Evo-Stik Southern Premier league match. We also welcome and thank our Match Ball Sponsor Martyn Pritchard.
Dorchester finished thirteenth in last season’s SPL, two points and two places below Chesham, however it was our visitors who took all six points in the matches between the sides last term. In a seven goal thriller in early October at The Meadow the Dorset side lead Chesham 3-1 at the break before a second half fight back saw The Generals pull level with goals from Matt Taylor (67) and George Fenton (83). Then with time running out Chesham pressed for a winner. Late in the game Brad Wadkins set up Bruce Wilson whose shot from the edge of the area was superbly saved, and Kelvin Bossman had two shots blocked in quick succession, Then, in stoppage time Jonah Ayunga broke away and shot into the corner of the net to grab the winner for Dorchester and inflict Chesham’s first home defeat of the season. In the reverse fixture in January 2016 a heavy pitch at Dorchester’s Greene King Community Stadium made good football difficult but, compared with the excitement of the game at The Meadow, this was a dull and uneventful affair decided by defensive errors as Chesham went down 2-1.
Our visitors have yet to get off the mark this season, going down 2-0 on the opening day at home to Kettering, and then 4-0 away in midweek at newly promoted Cinderford. For Chesham’s part there was much to be pleased with in Tuesday's 2-0 victory over St Ives in which the new additions to the squad impressed. So, be at The Meadow this Saturday and support the team as The Generals look to build on Tuesday’s win and get some momentum rolling
Manager Andy Leese commented:
"We want to pick up tomorrow where we left off on Tuesday night. Dorchester will be smarting from 2 defeats this week and we will need to be disciplined again defensively. I was pleased with how we responded on Tuesday night. We did not let St Ives settle and our attacking play showed far more threat than it did on Saturday. We scored at good times which helped. New players need to settle in to what we do, and the squad has to adapt to the style we want to employ this season. It takes time. I am confident by the end of the first 7 games we will have a better understanding, and players will be familiar with each other. It is a demanding few days with the Hitchin game on Monday. Getting points on the board is all that matters in this frantic opening period of the season. As we know, it is not a league to be playing catch up.
"One player who won't be with us this weekend is Kelvin Bossmann. Following an approach, Kelvin has decided to join Curtis at Enfield Town. We could not guarantee Kelvin the football he wanted, especially with Brad returning to action. I wish Kelvin well. He is a likeable guy, easy to manage, and did well for us when he got the opportunity. We will keep the squad under review this month with plenty of players coming available, and our Reserve team showing they have some promising talent in their ranks again. Mat Mitchell King is still a concern with an ankle injury sustained in the Hemel pre season game. Tomorrow may be too soon for Mat, but we have George Fenton available again."
Other Chesham Utd News
The 1st XI's next fixtures after the Dorchester game are away at Hitchin Town on Monday 15/8 KO 19:45, then away again at Dunstable Town on Saturday 20/8 KO 15:00
Reserves recorded their first victory with a 4-1 win away at Hadley Wood & Wingate on Wednesday 10/8. Reserves next game is away at Broadfields Utd on Sat 13/8 KO 15:00.
Chesham Utd Ladies season commences Sunday 4/9 with a home Southern Region Womens Football League Premier Division match at home to Newbury KO 14:00.
Chesham Utd U18s Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League season commences Thursday 1/9 at home to Leverstock Green KO 19:45
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