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Chesham Utd v Merthyr Town Sat 8th October KO 15:00: Match Preview

Tuesday 4th October

Dave Pearce v Staines Town

Dave Pearce in action in The Meadow sunshine in Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup win over Staines Town

This Saturday 8th October we are pleased to welcome supporters, players and officials of Merthyr Town to The Meadow for this Evo-Stik Southern Premier League match. We also welcome and thank our Match Sponsors the Chesham United Tea Bar, and our Match Ball Sponsor Mark Lee

Our visitors were promoted to the Premier Division as Div One South & West champions in 2014/2015 with 102 points and a goal difference of +88. The Martyrs finished 10th in last seasons SPL, one place and two points ahead of Chesham, and honours were even between the two sides last term with a win apiece.

In September 2015 The Generals travelled to Merthyr's Cigg-e Stadium where the home side had won their previous eight consecutive matches, and broke that run to come away with a 2-1 win. In the return fixture at The Meadow in April there was a distinct end of season feel with neither side having anything to play for, but on the day Merthyr put in a strong and determined shift and were fully deserving of a 1-0 win that would have been greater had it not been for a top notch performance that day by Man of the Match Shane Gore in the home goal.

Most recently, whilst Chesham's League Challenge Cup match on Tuesday at Potters Bar was postponed due to the Hertfordshire side's FA Cup 3RQ replay at Bath City, Merthyr were at home to Cinderford who went through 4-3 on penalties after the game was tied at 0-0

The Martyrs arrive at The Meadow in 10th place with 16 points, just two behind Chesham who are sixth. Merthyr have again been very strong at home this season but have fared less well on the road. Their sole win in seven away league starts has been a 6-1 thrashing of Hayes & Yeading. However, they have have only been beaten twice in the SPL this season to date and, with draws obtained at difficult to visit venues that include Hitchin, Kings Lynn and Banbury, our opponents can be expected to provide stiff opposition.


andy leese Chesham Utd Manager Andy Leese commented ahead of Saturday's kick off:

"We start another important week with a home game against in form Merthyr Town. I was surprised they did not finish higher last season, but they have improved again and will be a top 5 team in my view.

"We will need to match last week's standard if we want to do anything this season. The players know that and they have trained well again this week on the back of the FA cup performance, We need to keep the momentum we have in the League as October sees us play cup games. Our injuries may not have improved to be fit for tomorrow, but I am hopeful they will be good for next week.

"Hope to see a decent crowd in the Meadow again like we enjoyed last week!"


Other Chesham Utd News

The 1st XI's next fixtures after the Merthyr game are away at Potters Bar Town (League Challenge Cup Round One) on Tuesday 11th October KO 19:45, and then at home to either Potters Bar Town(FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round) on Saturday 15th October KO 15:00

Reserves won 3-1 away at Wodson Park on Wed 5/10. Reserves next match is at home v Penn & Tylers Green (Wycombe Challenge Cup First Round) on Wed 19/10 KO 19:45)

Ladies lost 3-2 away at Southampton Women on Sun 2/10. Ladies next match is at home v London Corinthians (FA Cup Third Round Qualifying) on Sun 9/10 KO 14:00

U18's next match is away at Hemel Hempstead Town Whites on Thu 13/10 KO 19:30

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