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Dunstable Town v Chesham Utd Sat 20th Aug KO 15:00: Match Preview UPDATED

Wednesday 17th August

Darren Purse

Drew Roberts















Returnees Darren Purse (left) and Drew Roberts (right) have already proved influential in Chesham Utd's start to the 2016/17 Southern Premier League campaign: all images courtesy of Trevor Hyde

This Saturday 20th August  the 1st XI travel to Dunstable Town. Travelling supporters are advised that to honour the memory of Dunstable Town youth team player Ethan Houghton who died in a recent road traffic accident, a ceremony will be held at Saturday's game with, Dunstable hope, all of the Dunstable Town FC youth teams present to remember Ethan and the others who lost their lives in such tragic circumstances, As a further mark of respect Dunstables's Reserves game on Saturday has been postponed to allow their Reserve team to also be present. A high turnout is therefore expected but the event has been carefully planned and Dunstable FC have advised that there is plenty of capacity, with an adjacent overflow car park and also that the council car park in Brewers Hill Road may also be used free of charge in the event that those are needed. Dunstable FC do not believe that there will be any adverse impact, however visiting supporters may think it prudent to consider allowing a little extra time for their journey. We offer our sincere condolences to Dunstable FC for this tragic loss, and we know that all spectators and supporters of both teams will be united to show respect and to honour Ethan's memory and those of his family who died with him (his mother, sister and step-brother).   

Having already played away to last season's second and third placed teams, Chesham's tough start to the season continues with this visit to a Dunstable side who have won three out of their four matches to date, and were leading 3-2 in the fourth before losing to 90th and 93rd minute goals in a seven goal thriller at Merthyr Town

In the corresponding fixture at the tail end of last season, with both teams in mid table, there was little to play for apart from local pride. A routine and undistinguished first half saw Chesham lead 1-0 through an early Ryan Blake goal following a free kick and little else of note occurred until a 77th minute penalty brought Dunstable an equaliser. The closing minutes then provided more controversy than all that had gone before. Ash Smith saw red for his reaction to a bad challenge, and he was soon followed by Barry Hayles - not long on as substitute - who was dismissed for receiving two cautions. The two man deficit notwithstanding, Chesham saw out the final few minutes relatively comfortably and the result was a point apiece.

Saturday's game features no less than four players from the league's current twelve top scorers. Chesham's Drew Roberts and Sam youngs have three apiece, whilst Alexander Cathline and ex Chesham favourite Danny Talbot have been The Blues' dangermen, with three and two respectively. Defences from both sides will therefore need to be on their toes. So, with two teams with decent starts to the season, and the added spice of local rivalry, this promises to be an exciting afternoon's football

The venue, Creasey Park Community Football Centre, Creasey Park Drive, Dunstable, LU6 1BB is only a short hop so let's be there in numbers and give The Generals some loud support

andy leeseManager Andy Leese commented:

"We will travel to Dunstable this weekend with a few days rest behind us, and in good spirits after the start to the season. They have had a good start to the season aswell, and will be looking to continue that. It is always a test at their place, and we will need to be at our best again in all departments. We will see if Mat Mitchel King is any nearer fitness having trained last night.

"We are likely to be without George Fenton as it looks likely he will join Chalfont St Peter as he did last season to get some games. It is always difficult to keep everyone happy in a squad. I hope we see George return to the club at some stage as he has worked hard to establish himself at this level. We have a good relationship with Danny Edwards at Chalfont so we can see how it pans out.

"Hope to see a good following of supporters tomorrow"


Other Chesham Utd News

The 1st XI's next fixtures after the Dunstable game are at home to Weymouth on Saturday 27/8, and then away to Kings Langley on Bank Holiday Monday August 29th, both KO 15:00

Reserves lost 2-0 at home v Wodson Park on Wed 17/8. Reserves next game is at home v Brimsdown on Sat 20/8 KO 15:00.

Chesham Utd Ladies season commences Sunday 4/9 with a home Southern Region Womens Football League Premier Division match v 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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