Saturday 3rd September
Chesham Utd put on a thoroughly professional performance at The Meadow to progess to the draw for the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup.
In the opening minutes a number of Chesham raids in which Dave Pearce was prominent begged the question of not if, but when, the first goal would come. Saffron Walden responded and rallied well, and chances for the home side became fewer until Pearce scored with a perfectly placed curling shot on 39 minutes. The forecast rain had fallen sporadically in the first half, but fell ever more strongly after the restart as the floodgates opened for The Generals
Brad Wadkins headed in from a Dave Pearce cross to make it 2-0, and then again to make it 3-0 with Toby Little the provider. Mat Mitchel-King was unlucky not to get his first Chesham goal, heading on to the woodwork from 12 yards, leaving Pearce to head the rebound into an empty net, and with the final whistle looming Ryan Blake ran in and scored Chesham's fifth from a tight angle
Saffron Walden heads didn't drop and the visitors kept playing until the end, forcing Ashlee Jones into a couple of late saves. A good no of "Bloods" supporters made the trip, and contributed throughout to the atmosphere in a match that was played out in good spirit both on the pitch and on the terraces. We wish Saffron Walden Town well for the rest of their season
A full match report will follow shortly on the 1st XI Fixtures and Results page
Manager Andy Leese commented
"We got the job done on Saturday in pretty emphatic fashion. Saffron Walden had a good shape out of possession in the early part of the game so we had to be patient. We opted to play the ball in to Brad more in the second half and he was the catalyst for the goals that followed. Saffron Walden kept at it and we could not switch off, but our match winners came to the fore as I expected them to across the 90 minutes. A job well done, another clean sheet, and we look forward to Monday's draw for the next round.
In other news, it was good to see Connor Wood at the game yesterday. You will recall he went off to the Nike Academy after a great season with us in 2014/15. I am pleased to say he has just signed a 2 year contract with Premier League champions Leicester City FC. We are all delighted for Connor who has really worked his way up in the game the hard way. As well as his obvious talent, 20 year old Connor is a great lad off the pitch and humble, hardworking and honest on it. Connor loved his time here ( especially with Alex Brown mentoring him on and off the pitch! ) and I hope we played a part in his football education in his season with us. We wish him well and will watch with huge interest how his career develops. Well done Woody!
Other Chesham Utd News
The 1st XI's next fixtures are at home v Kings Lynn Town on Saturday 10th September KO 15:00, then away at Hayes and Yeading on Tuesday 13th September KO 19:45.
Reserves are at home v Hillingdon Borough in the SSML Division One Cup R1 on Wed 7/9 KO 19:45 and then away at Harefield Utd (League) on Sat 10/9, KO 15:00
Chesham Utd Ladies season got underway with an 11-0 home win v Newbury on Sun 4/9, The Ladies next match is away at Marlow on Sun 11/9, KO 14:00
Chesham Utd U18s won 5-0 at home to Leverstock Green on Thu 1/9. U18s next match is at home v Sun Sports (FA Youth Cup Preliminary Round) on Thu 8/9 KO 19:45
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