Sweeney takes reserves’ ten goal rout in his stride
MOST managers would want to shout a 10-0 win from the rooftops – but it seems Chesham United Reserves’ boss Joe Sweeney is not most managers.
Sweeney was at pains to keep his team’s double figure rout away at Spartan Division One basement boys Arlesey Town under wraps, in a bid to stop the scouts who have been flocking to games in recent weeks casting an eye over his teenage starlets.
Callum Woodcock, 17, led the rout once more with a four-timer, while Jay Caines and Jack Harris weighed in with doubles, there was a 12th of the season for Che To and another for 19-year-old Ashley Morrissey.
Nevertheless, Sweeney, a man whose brief it is to develop players ready for Southern Premier action with Andy Leese’s first team, did his best to protest there was nothing to see here, while admitting his young stars are courting attention.
“We’ve got people turning up from teams at the level above every game at the moment because we are doing so well, but we are trying to keep it quiet because its our job to develop these young lads ready for Andy.
“So it was great for the strikers, wingers and attacking midfield players to score and great for our goal difference, but the game is done and dusted and it us on to the next one now at home to Ampthill on the 28th.”
However much Sweeney plays down the latest achievement, the team he took over in the summer is one he has transformed from that which escaped relegation on the final day of last season.
He insists they are still punching above their weight, sitting third in the table, but he is hoping to give the leading two big boys Crawley Green and Edgware Town a scare or two.
“Edgware have got a budget which could get them top eight in the Spartan Prem, while Crawley Green are also throwing money at it, where we have an average age of less than 20, but we’re competing for the first time in four years and we passed last season’s points total two weeks ago.
“We know we are punching above our weight, but our aim is to try and get the big two looking over their shoulders.”
In Premier Division action Holmer Green took Christmas generosity too far as they threw away the points late on in a goalfest at home to Stotfold.
Goals from Greg Deer, Andy Shaped and Dean Allen established a 3-1 lead by the 77th minute, which would have been more emphatic but for missed chances and heroic goalkeeping.
However, all the good work was undone by three goals in six minutes as the Greens lost 4-3.
Meanwhile, in Division 2, Amersham’s Jordan Keeley saw his late penalty saved as Amersham drew 2-2 at St Albans Reserves thanks to goals from Callam Neal and Josh Adeyileke.
Chesham’s Ash Morrisey in action