Sweeney takes re­serves’ ten goal rout in his stride

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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

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