Monday 29th August
Mat Mitchel-King, ex Crewe Alexandra and AFC Wimbledon, made his first start for The Generals at Kings Langley since being injured in pre-season: all images courtesy of Trevor Hyde
A 2-1 win away at neighbouring Kings Langley extended Chesham's unbeaten run to six, and keeps The Generals in touch at the right end of the table as the early stages of the season slowly unfold. The Management Team rang the changes from Saturday's starting line up v Weymouth, with Matt Taylor, Mat Mitchel-King, Brad Wadkins and Stephan Hamilton-Forbes starting in place of Brett Longden, Ryan Blake, Sam Youngs and Bruce Wilson
Manager Andy Leese had predicted " a real battle", and whilst the game never quite perhaps ascended to those heights the workrate and commitment from both sides was commendable under the hot August sun
Chesham looked in control in the early stages, and with the home side looking unsure at the back took full charge with two goals in the space of three minutes. First Adam Martin headed home off the underside of the bar on nineteen minutes. Then Brad Wadkins, in his first start since a lengthy lay off through injury, broke free and expertly lobbed the home keeper three minutes later for Chesham's second
With the Generals rarely looking threatened for the rest of the first half, the good number of travelling Chesham supporters were looking forwards to more of the same after the break. However, Kings steadily came back into the game with a no of well worked moves but, as the heat took it's toll, the final ball from both sides was often wayward and clearcut chances were few
Lewis Toomey smashed home on 84 minutes to make the score 2-1 and give the home side hope of a late rally. However, Chesham saw off any remaining pressure and held on for the three points without any undue alarm. A full match report will, as usual, follow shortly on the 1st XI Fixtures and Results page
The 1st XI now prepare for the home FA Cup First Round Qualifying tie v Saffron Walden Town this Saturday 3rd September
Manager Andy Leese commented:
"We were really pleased with today's showing. We rested a few players and used the squad, which I feel we needed to do after 6 demanding games in 21 days.
"We dominated the first half and the two goal lead was no more than we deserved. I was pleased for Brad marking his return to action with a great finish. They changed their shape in the second half without really troubling us. The goal we conceded was similar to Saturday's where we didn't deal with a ball into the box. We need to focus on that, although defensively we have looked solid
"A decent start leaves us just a couple of points behind our target for August. We can now focus on the FA cup and get prepared for what we hope is another run in the competition"
Other Chesham Utd News
The 1st XI's next matches are the FA Cup First Round Qualifying tie at home to Saffron Walden on Satuday 3rd September, and then at home v Kings Lynn Town in the Southern Premier league on Saturday 10th September, both KO 15:00
Reserves won 3-2 away at Langford on Sat 27/8. Reserves are away at Hillingdon Borough in the SSML Division One Cup R1 on Wed 7/9 KO 19:45
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 this week on Thursday 1/9 at home to Leverstock Green KO 19:45
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