CHESHAM United have rekindled their fire just in time for the defining month of the season.
They won twice in three days this week to make it five victories in six and keep the heat on Southern Premier League leaders Hemel Hempstead.
But, equally significantly, they have stretched the gap between themselves and sixth place to eight points – and it is 19 points down to seventh.
Manager Andy Leese said: “This is not a time for pretty football. It’s a time to play effective, winning football and we’ve won five of our last six now and are back being one of the form teams again.
“We’re keeping the pressure on Hemel, but we just want to get into the play-offs as quickly as we can now, but that might not happen for another month.”
Chesham play six games next month and if they do as well in their next six as they have in their past six the play-offs will be the least of their ambitions.
Leese said: “March will be the defining month, there’s no doubt about it. It’s just because of the volume of games, never mind who you’re playing.”
Chesham can put their feet up this weekend before kicking off their busy month at Weymouth on Tuesday evening.
They’ll make the long journey south in high spirits though after a 4-0 win at Banbury on Saturday and Monday’s thrilling 2-1 triumph in Hitchin, when Chris Dillon scored in injury time to reverse Chesham’s 2-1 home loss to the same opponents at the start of February.
Leese said: “Saturday was a complete, all-round away performance.
“We defended very well and at the other end we were clinical.
“We could have been three up in the first five minutes – it was super performance.
“Monday was a big ask, they were two heavy pitches and there wasn’t much recovery time.
“We started like we’d finished on Saturday and could have been two or three up. We faded in the second half, but we kept trying to win it and Dillon scored a fantastic goal in the dying seconds.
“I’ll take that every week, it’s still the best feeling in football.”
Dillon’s winner came after Drew Roberts had scored earlier in the match and the pair scored a brace each to see off Banbury too, taking their accumulated tally to 51 for the season.
Leese said: “They say they’re going to go out there and do something and inevitably they do it – but it’s not just the goals they score.
“They work so hard and never give centre backs a moments rest.
“They’re intelligent and both have strong opinions about the game and are big personalities in the dressing room.
“They’re a pleasure to work with.”