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Leese: It wasn't just a goalkeeping issue
LIFE suddenly looks a whole lot sweeter for Chesham United this week.
After a slightly dishevelled start to the campaign, they righted themselves with two impressive wins over the Bank Holiday weekend to climb into the top half of the Southern Premier League table and restore order at The Meadow.
Stourbridge handed Andy Leese’s team a 5-0 drubbing last season but on Saturday Chesham swarmed into a 3-0 lead and stayed in front until the end, before following up with a fine 1-0 victory over St Albans City.
Leese, who expects both beaten sides to be challenging for the title, said: “We knew they were two tough games and the target was to get four points.
“We managed to get all six and credit to the players – we had a gameplan for both games and the players carried them out to perfection.”
And after one point from the first six, Chesham knew they couldn’t afford to give their rivals much more of a head start.
Leese said: “Things didn’t go our way in the first two games and the first win was important for confidence, but I don’t think we needed it.
“There are 46 games in the league and we’ve shown we can put a run of eight or nine games together.”
Mark Lambert’s penalty gave Chesham an early lead on Saturday and they went from strength to strength with further goals from Inih Effiong and James Potten.
Stourbridge pulled one back, and then two, but Chesham kept their noses in front to register their first victory of the season.
Monday’s win was more routine with Effiong scoring the only goal of the game after four minutes.
Leese said: “It’s been a much better week. We did really well on Saturday. They gave us a hiding last season but we went 3-0 up and then defended well under pressure.
“We carried that on to Monday and I thought we were excellent, we were a bit unfortunate not to be two or three up after half an hour.”
Leese was heavily critical of his goalkeeper last week, blaming stand-in stopper Glenn Williamson for costing his team five points out of six.
Regular keeper Shane Gore was back from injury at the weekend, but Leese insists that wasn’t the only reason their results improved.
He said: “It was good to get Shane back, but we had to change one or two other things too.
“We had to change the shape of the side a little bit as well as the personnel. It wasn’t just a goalkeeping issue.”
Chesham taken on newly-promoted Hungerford tomorrow.
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