Chesham United 2 St Ives Town 0

A brace of headers from Sam Youngs saw Chesham ease to victory in their first home league game of the campaign on last night.

Smarting from defeat on the opening day at Redditch, Andy Leese’s Generals comfortably saw off their Cambridgeshire visitors, the only gripe being they should have added more goals to Youngs’ efforts, which came early in each half.

Just eight minutes had passed when the midfielder struck for the first time. Brett Longden’s initial ball in was spilt by keeper Oliver Sutton, and although Drew Roberts’ effort was blocked the ball was worked back out to the left, and when Toby Little floated a cross in, Youngs got across his marker to head inside the near post.

Hands up: Provider Dave Pearce celebrates with Youngs

Tom McGowan and Jack Higgs responded with efforts just off target for St Ives, but these were to be their best efforts on a night when Chesham keeper Ashlee Jones was largely untroubled on his home debut. At the other end, Bruce Wilson and Dave Pearce both went close for the hosts, and Benji Crilley saw his effort clawed away by Sutton just before the break.

Youngs though would double the lead within four minutes of the restart when he rose majestically above the defensive cover to power home Pearce’s free-kick from the left. He might have completed a hat-trick eight minutes later, but his right foot proved less reliable than his head as he lashed over.

The industrious Ryan Blake hit the side netting from an acute angle as the hosts comfortably ran down the clock. They will hope for more home comforts at home to Dorchester on Saturday.

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