Re­serves step up to the plate

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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

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