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Calder's delight at Chesham appeal decision

CHESHAM United chairman Alan Calder was delighted with the outcome of their successful league appeal.

Alan Calder
Alan Calder

CHESHAM United chairman Alan Calder was delighted with the outcome of their successful league appeal.

Calder and club director Brian McCarthy convinced an FA appeal panel that their abandoned game with Redditch should not be replayed.

Chesham were leading 1-0 when the referee was attacked and the game called off. The Evo-Stik League ordered the game be played again but the Generals were incensed and vowed to fight their case.

Yesterday, they won that battle and were awarded a 1-0 win. It means they go second in the table and with the chance to go top with a home win over Oxford City tonight.

Calder said: "We always felt the decision to replay a game abandoned in those circumstances sent out the wrong signal and the messages we have received from the wider football community over the last few weeks confirmed that uneasiness and gave us the confidence to proceed with this appeal.

"I would particularly like to thank all our fans, the parents from our junior teams, and the many representatives of other clubs and football organisations who have offered their support. They really have made a difference to us and helped us to make what was ultimately a successful case for our appeal.

"Now it will be great to get back to concentrating on the promotion battle on the pitch.

"With two huge games this week I would encourage everyone who has been so supportive off the pitch in recent weeks to come along and give the lads their full backing as we battle for a promotion place this season."

 
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