Sam Youngs is confident Chesham United can avoid ‘Groundhog Day’ in the wake of their most recent FA Cup exploits.
The Generals midfielder and his then team-mates spent most of last season staving off the threat of relegation in the wake of their historic run to the second round of the famous old trophy.
And a recent road trip week which saw them crash out of the FA Trophy at Dulwich plus back-to-back league losses at Frome and Dorchester suggested a similar slump was in the offing after this year’s round one exit to Peterborough United .
Youngs though insists the hiccups were merely a blip for a stronger unit now capable of mounting a challenge at the other end of the table.
“I think last week was just a bad week for us really,” he said. “It’s completely different to last time. You could tell last season we were nowhere near as strong a squad as now. We were all tired after the cup runs where this season we feel we can really push on.
“The feeling among the boys is not the same as last year. We are very settled now. Everyone believes in each other. I think we were 12 unbeaten before Peterborough, so there is no reason why we can’t do that again going forward.”
Having returned to home comforts at The Meadow, it has been a much better week for Andy Leese’s side, and Youngs in particular.
A superb headed goal in the victory over high-flying Hitchin was followed by stunning long range strike to save a point in Saturday’s 1-1 against his former club Redditch United, and Youngs
believes a move back to his favoured central midfield position is paying dividends.
“I have been back in centre midfield and I’m much more comfortable there,” he said. “It allows me to express and play my game a bit.”
“I don’t mind doing a job out wide, and we were on a 12-game unbeaten run at the time, so it could not have been that bad, but I felt more of a threat in centre mid.”
Chesham's game at St Ives Town on Tuesday night was frozen off, and they will be hoping for warmer conditions for Saturday's trip to Chippenham Town and next Tuesday's home game against Hayes & Yeading.