CHESHAM United manager Andy Leese is looking to focus on the development of the club's youth setup this season after signing two youngsters this week.

Ryan Towner and Jack Mace, both aged 18, agreed to sign for the Generals this week after impressing during trial periods.

Mace, who has previously been at Tottenham Hotspur and Torquay United, may not stick around for long however after Leese revealed he has further trials lined up with clubs in Cyprus.

Leese said: "They are both hungry to do well in senior football and that has shown in their training and performances. They still have a lot to learn but they are talented and recognize they are in the right place to continue their development.

"We hope to tie down a couple more young players this week, and it continues our commitment to finding and developing promising young players. We have had a group of potentially very good young players join the club this summer to develop in the Reserves initially."

On the field United were beaten 3-1 by League Two side Stevenage in a friendly on Saturday courtesy of an Adam Marriott hat trick, with Ryan Blake scoring a consolation goal late on.

They then drew 0-0 with Hendon on Monday night in the Dave Stanley Memorial Shield, meaning the annual trophy was shared between the sides.

Chesham conclude their pre season schedule tomorrow with a home game against Bishops Stortford which boasts free entry. The match is being played as part of United's community day.

United play their first Southern Premier League fixture of the new season the following week away at Truro City.