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Chesham up for Trophy challenge
CHESHAM United might be scoring goals for fun, but it’s their work at the other end of the pitch that is most pleasing manager Andy Leese.
A 3-0 league victory over Chippenham last Saturday followed by Wednesday’s 5-0 drubbing of Potters Bar in the Red Insure Cup made it 27 goals scored in their last nine games, but 360 minutes without conceding is the sort of form that wins titles.
Leese said: “I know we’ve got goals in the team, we addressed that during the summer, but the fact that we’re keeping clean sheets is more pleasing.
“That defensive discipline gives you a platform in every game and the confidence spreads throughout the team.
“The attack-minded players know that those behind them are in form and won’t take risks, and they’ll go and take risks themselves.”
This sort of solidity looked a long way off after the first week of the season, and the turnaround hasn’t happened by chance.
Leese said: “We’ve done a lot of work on it, on defending as a team and defending under pressure because we know at this level we will come under pressure.
“I don’t know if the players enjoy those sessions where they’re defending all night, but you’ve got to do it and our goal difference says it all.
“We’ve conceded 12 goals in 12 league games and scored 30 – our ratio doesn’t look too bad.”
However, it’s still the strikers that will steal the headlines and this week it’s Drew Roberts, who scored all three goals in the Chippenham win and added two more in the midweek cup triumph.
Partner in crime Chris Dillon also scored in the win which wasn’t as straightforward as it sounds.
Chesham were 0-0 at the break and it wasn’t until Potters Bar had given them a few scares that they got into their groove.
Leese said: “We tried to give some game time to a few that haven’t been playing, and it takes a while to get that tempo back.
“But we were excellent in the second half, it was a different ball game.”
Chesham will hope to maintain that momentum in another cup competition tomorrow, when they go to Biggleswade Town in The FA Trophy.
The Generals enjoyed a fantastic run in the competition last season and after their early FA Cup exit will want another cup adventure.
Leese said: “We owe it to ourselves and we certainly owe it to the club and our supporters to have a run in a national competition.”
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