ANDY Leese will celebrate his 50th birthday tomorrow standing in the technical area at The Meadow, watching Chesham United host Frome in the Southern Premier League.
It’s not everyone’s perfect day, but the Chesham boss will be proud to be there.
He’s been managing for 15 years, six of them at Chesham, and he claims his motivation is as keen as ever.
He said: “You’ve got to love it or you wouldn’t do it, and I’m proud of my record, but it’s not about me.
“It’s always about the club and three points, whatever the day, would be fantastic.”
Chesham need it. After beating title hopefuls Hemel they lost to St Neots and then drew 1-1 with third-placed Stourbridge, leaving them ten points off the play-offs.
Leese said: “We’ve got 16 games left, that’s 48 points. We need to galvanise ourselves and get on a run.
“We need to pick up the majority of those points to have any impact.
“There is no time for naval gazing now – we just have to do it.
“But we’ve got a game in hand on most sides I still believe the squad is good enough to put together a run of five or six games.”
Chesham should be in closer order than they are though, after squandering a catalogue of chances against Stourbridge.
They went behind after 31 minutes but James Potten levelled after 51 minutes and after that it was one-way traffic.
Leese said: “I’d defy anyone to say we weren’t the better side.
“We dominated the game and pinned them in in the second half.
“But we put one of four or five good chances away and every point we drop now...we’re going to run out of games.”