Sunday 28th August
Brett Longden in action at The Meadow in Saturday's 1-1 draw v Weymouth: all images courtesy of Trevor Hyde
This Bank Holiday Monday 29th August the 1st XI travel to neighbouring Kings Langley for what is now Chesham United's closest local derby. The Kings are newly promoted to the Southern Premier League, winning the 2015/16 Division One Central Championship with 87 points - their third successive automatic promotion and their second as Champions.
Given that track record it should surprise no-one that our hosts have made a solid start to life at this level. In a challenging introduction to the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League, in which three of their first five games have been against the current top four sides. Kings Langley kicked off the season with a 1-1 home draw v Chippenham, who have been at the top end of the table ever since. That was followed by tight single goal defeats at home to Dunstable and also Slough. Kings then got their season up and running with an emphatic 4-0 away victory at Biggleswade, their first two goals coming from Immanuelson Duku who will be remembered by Chesham fans for featuring briefly for the Generals at the start of last season. Kings then drew 2-2 at home v 4th placed Frome Town.
On Saturday, whilst Chesham were drawing 1-1 at home to Weymouth, Kings Langley went down 2-1 at home to Redditch Utd. Both teams will feel they could have improved on those results so a competitive derby should be very much in prospect. So make the short trip over, and give your loud support to Chesham Utd!
The venue is Gaywood Park, Hempstead Road, Kings Langley, Herts, WD4 8AL. Directions from Kings Langley's website here
Manager Andy Leese, commenting on both the Weymouth result and the Kings Langley fixture, said:
"It was ultimately a frustrating afternoon yesterday. I felt we played our best football of the season so far in the first half, and should have capitalized with another goal. Instead we had a momentary lapse just before half time and that gave Weymouth something to hold on to. We still created chances but they defended well, and the sending off galvanized them as sometimes happens.
"We had plenty of possession in the last third of the pitch but our quality of delivery wasn’t quite as good it needed to be to beat a well organized defence.
"We have the chance to put it right again tomorrow. Kings Langley have the momentum of promotion, and they have added some experienced players to their ranks in the summer. Their games have all been tight affairs so far and we are expecting a real battle. Hope we get some support for a local game as we look to finish the month on a high note"
Other Chesham Utd News
The 1st XI's next fixture after the Kings Langley game is the FA Cup First Round Qualifying tie at home to Saffron Walden on Satuday 3rd September
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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