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Chesham ambushed by stand-in keeper 'howlers'
CHESHAM United have one point from six and manager Andy Leese believes the blame for their slow start can be layed squarely at the feet of keeper Glenn Williamson.
With his two first choice stoppers unavailable, Williamson was brought in at the 11th hour and early impressions were good as he kept a clean sheet in Chesham’s final pre-season fixture.
But it’s been sharply downhill since then with a 2-2 home draw against Bideford on Saturday followed by Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat in Arelsey.
Leese said: “He’s an experienced keeper but he’s cost me five points.
“It’s been a disaster, absolutely horrendous. He made a howler on Saturday and then two more on Tuesday when we were leading.
“On Saturday it was a free kick, not a very difficult free kick, and it just went under his body, then on Tuesday he came out and got tangled with our centre back and gave them a walk in.
“The second [mistake] was breathtaking. It was a shot from about 35 yards and he just dived over the ball.
“It’s not about me, but I’m really struggling with it. That’s not what we’re about.”
Shane Gore is still struggling for Saturday’s match with Stourbridge and Monday’s visit from St Albans City, while James Beasant is unavailable.
Leese said: “We’ve got to do something and I’m trying, but it’s extremely difficult.”
He says the chances of bringing another keeper in time are ‘minimal’, and with their reserve number one also injured it could be down to Williamson again.
Leese said: “We’ll get it sorted because we’re Chesham United and that’s what we do.
“But now I’m under huge pressure, which I didn’t need to be.”
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