Friday 22nd April
Ryan Blake scored Chesham's goal in Thursday's 1-1 draw at Dunstable, whilst Ash Smith and Barry Hayles both saw red: all pictured above in action v Merthyr Town, images courtesy of Trevor Hyde
This Saturday we are pleased to welcome supporters, players and officials of Weymouth to The Meadow for this, the final Saturday of the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League 2016/16 season. We also welcome and thank our Match Sponsor Murray Accounting Services and our Match Ball Sponsor Martyn Pritchard
Weymouth's most recent game saw them win 3-1 away at Cirencester on Tuesday night. Chesham come to the match on the back of Thursday's 1-1 draw away at Dunstable, where a good no of travelling supporters witnessed a feisty night on which Chesham took an early lead but were denied all three points by a penalty equaliser and two sendings off
Our visitors have featured at the top end of the table for most of the season but now find themselves just outside the top five. However, this is no end of season "dead rubber". The simple mathematics are that if Weymouth beat The Generals and other results on Saturday also go their way, The Terras can still feature in the play-offs and therefore absolutely have to go for the victory. With Chesham having the pace and skill to open up any defence on their day, and with February's 4-1 win away at the Bob Lucas Stadium at the back of Weymouth minds, this should therefore be a compelling contest..
Whilst this is not Chesham's final game of the season - with a visit to St Neots on Tuesday still to come - it marks the end of this season's campaign at The Meadow. So, with a great game in prospect let's turn out in numbers and show some loud and proud support and appreciation for the team to mark the end of what has been an epic season in The General's history!
Manager Andy Leese said ahead of Saturday's kick off:
"We go into the last home game of the season with a Weymouth team needing to win to have any chance of making the play offs. We have been there before. It's a difficult afternoon where the permutations can change frequently. We just have to focus on our own objectives which are to finish in the top10. It promises to be a lively encounter. Weymouth have real quality with their resources, and we will need to be at our best.
"We have had a demanding week with 2 games in 72 hours on unforgiving pitches, and we will have to summon up every bit of energy as we look to end our home season on a high. Suspensions and injury will hurt us again, but we will have one or two back in the squad. It is inevitable after a gruelling season where the players deserve far more credit than they are getting. I felt we matched Merthyr but paid the price for a lapse of concentration.
"We were going well at Dunstable until the officials intervened. The penalty decision was as soft as you will see, and Barry's sending off was very harsh. Ash knows he should not have reacted, but the incident leading to the red card for him was left unpunished. I hope we get some positive support in this difficult period. It is unpleasant for me and the players coming into the ground at present with all the speculation I can assure you. I can handle it, but please be aware that it affects players and the management team as well.
"They have given the club a history making season and that should at the very least be recognized tomorrow afternoon. See you all tomorrow"
Other Chesham Utd News
The 1st XI's next match after the Weymouth game is away at St Neots on Tuesday 26th April KO 19:45 - the final match of the season.
Chesham Utd's annual Festival of Youth Football is the premier youth football tournament in the local area. The 2016 tournament will be held from May 6th to the 8th. A no of age groups are now fully booked with only ltd availability remaining. See here for the provisional tournament schedule, registration form download, and other information about opportunities for youth football for both boys and girls at Chesham Utd
Reserves won 5-1 at home to Risborough Rangers on Wed 2/4. Reserves next game is away at Codicote on Saturday 23rd April KO 15:00
Ladies next match is away at Winchester City Flyers on Sunday 24th April KO 14:00. The Ladies SRWFL Chairman's Cup Final v Team Solent will be played at Reading Town FC on Sunday 22nd May KO 11:00
As usual, refer to this website for the latest info. Follow these links for full fixture lists and results
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