Reserves step up to the plate
MANI Asare’s Chesham United Reserves have received high praise from first team manager Andy Leese for stepping up to the plate in recent weeks, writes Tim Street.
The Generals’ FA Cup exploits have meant the reserves having to fulfill first team fixtures in the League Challenge Cup, to avoid congestion and fatigue.
Last month, they knocked Potters Bar Town out 3-2, at which point Leese said he was happy for the second string to carry on playing the first team’s games in that particular competition as a reward.
They would have to have stepped in anyway for the next round, played on Tuesday night, as the first team also had to fulfill a Berks & Bucks Senior Cup quarter-final at Aylesbury too.
And while the firsts were knocking out Aylesbury 5-0, the reserves went out 7-6 on penalties at Barton Rovers following a 2-2 draw in which they impressed once more.
Leese said: “The way these competitions are scheduled we were running out of Tuesdays, and we mean no disrespect to either competition – putting the reserves out in the League Cup again was just a reward for how well they have done. Mani is doing a fantastic job, and a number of his players have been in and around the first team, which is more important than how they do in the league. It’s all about developing young players and preparing them for senior football.”
The reserve side, currently midtable in Spartan South Midlands Division One, are in cup action again on Saturday when they visit Great Horwood in the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.
In Division Two, goals from Ryan Luke and Nathan Kelly secured Amersham Town a 2-2 draw with Pitstone & Ivinghoe. Amersham host MK Gallacticos this Saturday.
In the Premier, goals from Ben Hodges and Ryan Tackley saw Holmer Green beat Stotfold 2-0, but they crashed out of the Berks & Bucks Senior Trophy 2-0 at Bracknell Town. They visit league leaders London Colney on Saturday.
Rising stars: Chesham United Reserves’ OwusuAhsah Osei, left, and Abdul Ally JON MIKOL BE163150