Chesham maintain challenge with tenth triumph

Bucks Free Press: Drew Roberts scored again on Saturday Drew Roberts scored again on Saturday

ONLY time will tell if Saturday was a turning point in the season for Chesham United.

They delivered another fantastic performance to win away at promotion-chasing Cambridge City, and when the final whistle blew on their 2-1 victory it looked like they’d taken another bite out Hemel Hempstead’s lead.

Hemel were drawing 2-2 with Arlesey and were just moments away from seeing their lead cut to just four points.

However, a winner two minutes into injury time changed the tone of the day and the fillip that goal gives them may yet carry them to the title.

Chesham boss Andy Leese said: “I got a message that it was 2-2 with seconds to go, but credit to them. They’ve set the pace all season and when it matters they do it – that’s the sign of a very good side.

“Who knows how important that goal will be? Across a season you draw games you should win and win games you should lose...you never know until the end which were the turning points.

“But Hemel are playing extremely well and are determined to make up for last season, as we are.

“Those emotions drive you on and in most other seasons we’d be in pole position with our points total.

“But I’ve said for weeks I’m not ruling out anything. If it’s automatic promotion, we’re gunning for it. If it’s the play-offs then we’ll do our best to come through that as well.

“We’ve just got to keep putting points on the board every time we go out and in the next couple of weeks it will become clear what we need to do.”

James Potten opened the scoring for Chesham after 17 minutes at Cambridge, before Drew Roberts scored the rebound to his own penalty with 37 minutes gone to restore Chesham’s lead after Cambridge had levelled.

That proved to be the winner as Chesham made it ten wins in 11 games.

Leese said: “It was very important, it turned out to be the minimum requirement with others winning.

“But it was tough afternoon, make no mistake about it.”

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