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Cup form in stark contrast with league push
CHESHAM United’s love/hate relationship with The FA Cup continued last weekend.
Not for the first time in recent seasons they tripped over their own feet before they could make any sort of run and again it was lower league opponents that sent them sprawling.
This time it was Royston Town, who came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 at The Meadow, and manager Andy Leese admits it was a huge blow.
He said: “You start to think, wow, have we got some sort of mental block? But that can’t be right because it is too long between each cup game.
“It’s nothing to do with the psychology of the players, but the horror is it’s happened pretty much every season for the last three or four years.
“It’s bitterly, bitterly disappointing and anyone who thinks we don’t care or don’t want a cup run has seriously misjudged us.”
Drew Roberts gave them the lead, but Royston equalised before half time with a goal that Leese thought was offside and the visitors then stole the match with the winner in the final ten minutes.
Leese said: “We played really well in the first half and could have been out of sight at half time.
“We counted 15 opportunities, but in the second half we just faded. We stopped doing the things we were doing in the first half. Royston upped their game and we just didn’t do enough.
“But with ten minutes to go I thought it would be a replay. I couldn’t see Royston scoring.”
In stark contrast to their cup form, Chesham have continued on their merry way in the Southern Premier League this week and Tuesday night’s 3-0 triumph at Bedford moved them up to second in the table.
Again the Generals created a hatful of first half chances,but they had to be patient with Scott Thomas firing home the opening goal of the game on the stroke of half time.
Chris Dillon continued his prolific start to the season with his team’s second goal after 70 minutes and Inih Effiong completed a professional performance with a third goal in injury time.
Leese said: “The two performances weren’t hugely different.
“We didn’t play any better or any worse than Saturday, but we got what we wanted.
“It gets forgotten that we’re up to second in the table and are handily placed.”
Chesham will hope to continue their fine league form on Saturday at Corby, who have been revitalised under new management.
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