Cup run over­shad­owed by patchy league form

Young­sters hope­ful of sil­ver­ware de­spite tough sea­son

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

MAN­AGER Paul Burgess ad­mits it is tough at times for his young Che­sham United Re­serves side play­ing in a men’s league.

How­ever, he be­lieves the rough and tum­ble of Spar­tan South Mid­lands League Di­vi­sion One is the per­fect ground­ing for his young guns to step up to the first team at The Meadow.

And while league form is nat­u­rally patchy for such a young side, Burgess hopes his side’s ef­forts will be re­warded with an ex­tended cup run this sea­son.

Two goals from Jack Har­ris and one each from Tais­hon McLarty, Jolon Hunt and George Fen­ton earned a 5-0 win over Chal­font Wasps in the Berks & Bucks In­ter­me­di­ate Cup on Satur­day.

Burgess said: “We’ve been bet­ter in the cups than in the league this sea­son, but that’s what you get with a young side aged 21 and un­der.

“It’s been the same the last few sea­sons – the first few months are up and down but the penny has usu­ally dropped by Christ­mas.

“We’ve not got as many league points as I’d like, but we got a good county cup win on Satur­day, knocked Premier Di­vi­sion side Lev­er­stock Green out of the Chal­lenge Cup and only lost on penal­ties to Wel­wyn Gar­den City in the Di­vi­sion One Cup.

“They all got a few first team games last year, but it’s been hard for them to break in th­ese past two to three years.

“How­ever, with the club go­ing through a tran­si­tion at the mo­ment, per­haps a few more will get a chance and this league helps them adapt quickly.”

Mean­while, also through in the Berks & Bucks In­ter­me­di­ate Cup are Penn & Tylers Green, who won 4-1 at Prest­wood thanks to a brace apiece from Chris Hurst and Nie O’Meally-Newell.

Back in Spar­tan South Mid­lands Di­vi­sion One, Dan Mad­den stepped down as Amer­sham Town man­ager fol­low­ing Satur­day’s 6-2 home de­feat to Bal­dock Town, in which Sam Jones and Dean Pearce net­ted.

Mad­den, who quit due to work com­mit­ments, has been re­placed by for­mer Ken­tish Town man­ager John Creith, who joined Amer­sham as sport­ing di­rec­tor in the sum­mer.

Re­serve team man­ager Sam Sleck, who came with Mad­den from London Com­mer­cial League side DM Wan­der­ers in the sum­mer, will stay on at the club.

Chair­man Howard Lam­bert said: “We are grate­ful for all that Dan did for us. John holds a UEFA B li­cense and see­ing as he was al­ready at the club, we’re hop­ing it will be a smooth tran­si­tion and that most of the cur­rent squad will stay.”

Up in the Premier Di­vi­sion, Holmer Green were ham­mered 6-0 at Kings Lan­g­ley on Satur­day be­fore go­ing down 4-0 at Hert­ford Town on Tues­day night.

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FIVE STAR: (Above) Che­sham United Re­serves in ac­tion against Chal­font Wasps; (right) Dan Mad­den has stepped down as Amer­sham Town boss

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