Sunday 6th November
Yes, we dared to dream - AGAIN !
Chesham Utd, pictured above taking the extended applause of the travelling fans, fell just short of bringing Peterborough Utd back to The Meadow for a replay but for the second season running put in one of the top performances of the FA Cup First Round: this time running the Posh - a full four leagues and ninety four places higher than The Generals - mightily close on their home turf
Over six hundred and sixty Chesham fans made the trip and witnessed a great cup match and a fantastic effort of which the team, the management, and the whole town should be immensely proud
Chesham got off to a high tempo start with a no of raids on the home goal which had Peterborough resorting to keeping possession at the back and waiting for the opportunity for their seniority to tell, to growing disgruntlement from the home support, and it was against the run of play when a fabulous wonder strike from Shaquile Colthirst gave The Posh the lead just before half time
Peterborough, as expected, were reinvigorated after the break and put a no of good moves together but variously fluffed the finish, were forced off target by a resolute Chesham rearguard action, or were denied by a couple of great stops from Ashlee Jones. Eventually though the home side took advantage and with Darren Purse off the field receiving treatment a rapid move down the right overloaded The Generals and the ball was turned in by Colthirst for his second
Chesham refused to lie down and Ryan Blake (pictured above) reduced the arrears, scoring from a misplaced back pass to set up a grandstand finish but, a late missed header from Benji Crilley apart, the Peterborough defence held firm and kept the visitors at bay
A full match report will follow as usual via the 1st XI Fixtures and Results page. The squad now prepare for both League Cup and County Cup ties this Tuesday 8th November followed by FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round action on Saturday
The full story of this year's fantastic cup run can be seen here
Chesham Utd Manager Andy Leese commented:
"Our 2016 FA Cup journey ended in defeat on Saturday, but it ended in some style. We made the running in the first half and stayed in it for the entire 95 minutes. We competed really well all over the pitch, and put in our best performance of the season. It wasn’t enough ultimately, but there was no disgrace as we bowed out.
"Peterborough paid us the best compliment by playing a full strength team. We limited them in the first half and it took a great strike against the run of play to break us down. They certainly got on top in the second half , but we stayed composed in possession and kept trying to create something. Their second goal came when we had Darren off the pitch which was frustrating. If the statistics are correct then we had 51% possession which is fantastic against full time opposition.
"Best wishes to Peterborough in the next round.
"It was another history making day for the club which none of us involved will forget. In my 10 years at the club I have not witnessed support like we had on Saturday. I think it surpassed Bristol and Bradford which is saying something. My thanks on behalf of all the management team and players. To echo the Chairman's words, it would be great to see more of that support as we get back to League and cup action.
"See you all this week!"
Chesham United Chairman Brian McCarthy added:
"On behalf of the board and myself, I would like to congratulate the management, players and all 661 supporters that were at the match yesterday. Everyone was a credit to the club and non league football.
"I still wonder why we were not chosen for a Sunday match like last year considering we are FA giant killers from last season. A draw would have been a fair result, and although Ashlee (Jones) made some great saves towards the end, a header at the end by Benji (Crilley) could have leveled the score.
"It would now be great if some of those supporters who traveled yesterday, and also to Bristol Rovers and Bradford City last season, could come to our home league matches and cheer us all along to the National League South."