Chesham eager for Southern League return

Chesham will hope to return to action on Saturday. Andrew Rowlands Photography

Chesham will hope to return to action on Saturday. Andrew Rowlands Photography

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CHESHAM United are crossing their fingers that they’ll get a game in this weekend after incessant rain has kicked their last two matches into the long grass.

They were due to play fellow-promotion hopefuls Poole last weekend but had to take a rain-check, and their Berks & Bucks Cup semi-final against Aylesbury on Wednesday night was also off.

Manager Andy Leese said: “It’s frustrating. Poole was a big game on our radar but it was clear on Friday it would be off. Now it’s been pushed back to April.

“But it’s the same for 90 per cent of the clubs and we’ve just got to keep training and keep the intensity up to make sure we’re ready to play when games do start again.”

But with more heavy rain expected this weekend, there are no guarantees when that will be, although Chesham’s pitch does take the rain well.

Leese said: “The reserves played on it last Saturday and we had that downpour in the second half which I don’t think did it any good.

“But it’s in great condition considering the amount of games on it and the time of year. It drains pretty well.

“But because the water level is so high we could say on Friday that the pitch is fine and then it rains two or three hours before kick off and it’s unplayable again.”

Chesham are due to host Hitchin tomorrow hoping to revive the form that took them to two wins in a row before their enforced rest.

Leese said: “We played Hemel on New Year’s Day and then had a ten-day break which seemed to do us some good. We came back with a couple of good performances.

“But all of a sudden we were left doing nothing again so who knows whether it will help us again this time. As long as it doesn’t go past this weekend I think we’ll be fine.

“But I can remember about ten years ago when I was managing in the South Midlands League we had a winter like this.

“The rain just went on for weeks and weeks and weeks and I’m not sure we ever finished the season.”

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