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Posh v Chesham: Match Preview

5 November 2016

Posh host Chesham United in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Peterborough United entertain non-league Chesham United in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup at the ABAX Stadium on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

The Southern Premier League outfit are unbeaten in the last 11 games and have won the last five in a row, including a 3-2 win at Jimmy Bullard's Leatherhead United last time out.

Chesham won many plaudits last term when they beat Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium in the first round of the competition before League One side Bradford City produced an emphatic 4-0 victory in the second round.

The majority of that Chesham side remain in the squad including the experience of former Birmingham City centre back Darren Purse and ex-Fulham striker Barry Hayles, who is player-coach at the club.

Posh boss Grant McCann has been watch Chesham in action while Head of Coaching David Farrell has also seen them play in recent weeks and both have commented on their strengths this week in training.

"I have been to see Chesham personally and Dave has also seen them in action and they have some good players. We know where their strengths lie and we also know where their weaknesses can be exploited, but it will be a tough test.

"Anyone who thinks this is going to be an easy game for us are very much mistaken. It has been drummed into the lads all week, in fact it was mentioned in the dressing room after the win over Bristol Rovers last week about how focussed the players need to be this week.

"Chesham beat Bristol Rovers last year at the Memorial Stadium and that is no easy feat. In fact, the Rovers managed mentioned that to me inside the first couple of minutes in his room after the 90 minutes last weekend.

"The FA Cup is a special competition and we want to go as far as we can. We haven't done very well in the other cup competitions this season, so we will be doing all we can to make sure we are in the hat for the second round. I will be playing my strongest available side," McCann said.

Striker Lee Angol returns to the squad after missing the start of the season with injury, while Brad Inman is also back in training and could be available for Tuesday night's trip to Barnet in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Jermaine Anderson is a long term injury absentee while McCann confirmed a number of other players are suffering with knocks.

Chesham have sold over 400 tickets in advance of the tie while home sales are over 2,500 so far. Tickets are available at www.theposhtickets.com, via the Ticketmaster hotline 0844 847 1934* and in person at the ABAX Stadium Box Office.

You can find out about the cheaper admission and more about the tie here


*calls cost 7ppm plus your network access fee.




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