Cup run overshadowed by patchy league form
Youngsters hopeful of silverware despite tough season
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Madden, who quit due to work commitments, has been replaced by former Kentish Town manager John Creith, who joined Amersham as sporting director in the summer.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.
FIVE STAR: (Above) Chesham United Reserves in action against Chalfont Wasps; (right) Dan Madden has stepped down as Amersham Town boss