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McGleish double inspires Chesham comeback
SCOTT McGleish scored twice as Chesham United came from 2-0 down against Chalfont St Peter to book their place in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup last night.
The former Wanderers striker has now scored three goals in two games since joining Chesham United and he also netted in the 1-1 Southern League Premier Division draw with Bedfont on Saturday.
Manager Andy Leese said: “As good as my strike force can be, we just haven’t been scoring enough goals and that’s what he does best.
“With his professional experience and his movement, he brings a quality we haven’t got.
“Just his second goal last night – he got in front of two defenders and then the ball was in the bottom corner.”
McGleish didn’t play the full 90 minutes in either game, but Leese expects the 38-year-old to reach peak condition sooner rather than later.
He said: “He’s had three or four weeks of not playing so we’re just trying to get him back up to speed.
“But he trains and plays as if his life depends on it. Football means an awful lot to him and he never coasts through any sessions.
“He’s a lively character around the dressing room.”
McGleish’s double last night could just be the spur Chesham needed.
Saturday’s draw with Bedfont wasn’t the spark Leese wanted and seeing his team fall 2-0 down inside 13 minutes against Chalfont four days later won’t have eased his concerns.
But McGleish dragged his side back into the cup tie with goals after 30 and 42 minutes, before Toby Little and Dave Fotherinham completed the comeback in the second half.
Leese said: “They scored two great goals and we had to show a lot of resolve to get back into it.
“We showed plenty of character, which is pleasing because I always place a lot of store in trophies, otherwise why go into it?
“It’s not a top priority, that’s for sure, but we got to the final last year and we’d like to get to final again to try and make up for what happened [Chesham lost to Wanderers in a highly controversial penalty shoot-out].”
Cup action for Chesham continues on Saturday with a trip to Canvey Island in the FA Trophy.
However, McGleish is cup tied.