Last Saturday saw grassroots football celebrated up and down the country as part of Non-League Day, and that spirit was in full force at Chesham United.

Almost 600 punters were in attendance at The Meadow, the Generals’ second highest home crowd of the season, to witness Chesham beat Poole 3-2 and move to the verge of the play-offs.

Since the game, Weston-super-Mare have established a slight buffer over Chesham, but last weekend was all about the community and the result was just a bonus.

Non-league football suffered hugely during the pandemic, with this season set to be the first since 2018/19 that will actually finish.

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As a result, clubs’ finances took a massive hit, so some of the big attendances we’ve seen this season are crucial to keep clubs going.

Chesham are better supported than most non-league clubs in south Bucks, as their crowds show, and they were really treated against Poole.

Malachy McGovern and Jordan Edwards both scored in the final 10 minutes to complete the comeback from 2-1 down to 3-2 up and send the majority of the 592 home happy.

Hopefully the result means that some of the fans, particularly youngsters, who came for the first time, will return in the future and support their local side.

Chesham certainly need every bit of help they can get if they’re going to get in the play-offs this season.

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The Generals travel to Walton Casuals on Saturday as they look to keep their dream alive of promotion to the National League South.

They’ve threatened promotion to that level several times in the last decade, so it would be fantastic if they could go up and right the wrongs of the 1992/93 campaign, which saw them win the Isthmian League but get denied promotion to the Conference because of ground grading issues.