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FA Trophy: Dulwich Hamlet v Chesham Utd Sat 12th Nov KO 15:00 Match Preview

Friday 11th November

The Buildbase FA Trophy

The cup matches - and the away games - just keep on coming for Chesham Utd. Following the FA Trophy 1RQ win at Leatherhead, and then last weekend's superb showing in the FA Cup First Round Proper at Peterborough - in many respects the best performance of the entire round  - The Generals found themselves in the highly unusual, if not unique, situation of having to play two matches on Tuesday evening. A squad mainly comprising the 1st XI recorded a comprehensive 5-0 win at neighbouring Aylesbury in the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup Quarter Final. Kicking off at the same time, the Reserves fulfilled the club's obligation in the League Challenge Cup at Barton Rovers, and lead twice in a game that finished all square before Chesham unluckily went out 7-6 on penalties

This Saturday the 1st XI travel to Dulwich Hamlet to contest the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy. Our hosts are currently sixth in the Ryman Premier League and progressed to this stage of the Trophy with a 2-1 away win at Lowestoft Town, also of the Ryman Premier in QR1

Chesham have a strong connection to Dulwich. Our chief scout Howard Cowley's father, the Rev R Cowley, played for and also captained Dulwich in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The following extract from the club's history recounts

"even back in the 1950s, amateur players came from all walks of life. One Hamlet side from 1953 consisted of an electrician, a travel agency rep., a haulage contractor, 2 men on national service (one in the RAF the other in the Army) a civil servant, an advertising rep, a salesman, a shipping rep, and a surveyor. There is an oft-repeated story of a game at Champion Hill that Les Green played in, which highlighted the variety of professions in the amateur game. Following an injury to one of the team, trainer Ernie Toser came onto the pitch with his magic sponge and all the players were milling around waiting for the man to be treated and the game to restart. Dulwich striker Doctor Norman Tate came over to check the extent of the injury, followed by Baptist minister and left back the Reverend Ron Cowley. And as the assemblage was bending over the player, some wag in the crowd yelled out, “All you need now is an undertaker, and you’ve got the lot!”

There will be a coach travelling to Dulwich Hamlet departing The Meadow at 11.15am, fare £15 Supporters Trust members / £20 non-members. Ify ou wish to travel please confirm with Brian McCarthy on 07450 334190 or email brian_mccarthy@ntlworld.com. For those travelling independently the venue is the Champion Hill Stadium, Edgar Kail Way, East Dulwich, London, SE22 8BD

A good and lively atmosphere is assured for what should be a competitive and hard fought afternoon's knockout football. A tough challenge lies ahead but with ten wins in the last thirteen The Generals are in good form as they look to emulate last season's FA Trophy run

Chesham Utd Manager Andy Leese commented:Andy Leese

"We go into tomorrow buoyed by the performances this week. We responded well to the FA cup exit by scoring 5 at Aylesbury and showing we had no hangover from the weekend. I was really pleased with some individual performances, and it makes selection interesting again this weekend. Dulwich is another tough test, especially away from home. They are a top 5 side in their League every season.

"We like the FA Trophy and it is competition where we can go a long way. We have one or two injuries carried over from last weekend, and a couple of those might struggle to recover in time for Saturday. Brett trained last night which is positive, but tomorrow may be too soon for him as well. We have the squad to deal with it. It will be severely tested over the next six weeks as we look to catch up League games and to stay in the FA Trophy.

"I hope we see some of last week’s support replicated tomorrow. All the players have commented this week on the level of support and the difference it makes. See you in Dulwich. COYG!"