CHESHAM United boss Andy Leese is hoping to bring back Basingstoke midfielder Nathan Campbell in time for Saturday’s trip to league leaders Leamington.
Campbell returned to the Blue Square South side in Hampshire this week as his loan period expired following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Frome Town.
But with a glut of games coming up, and a few injuries and suspensions to contend with, Leese has set his sights on Campbell once more.
He said: “We have had some discussions with Basingstoke, and I would like to see it happen that we get him back before Saturday. Nathan has told us he’d like to come back, but it depends on his club really. We have a lot of games coming up and he gives us options.”
Rob Bartley is suspended for the Leamington game, but fellow defender John Kyriacou’s ban for his red card against Frome has not yet come into effect.
He said: “We’ve not heard about John yet, but seeing as neither the referee nor his assistant saw what happened clearly, yet concocted an incident worthy of a straight red, I’m hoping that is reflected in his report, and we’re looking at one game rather than three.”
Bruce Wilson (hamstring) and Michael Chennells, who has been ill, did not play in the midweek Berks and Bucks Cup semi-final, but Leese could have them back for the Leamington trip.
The 1-0 win over Maidenhead booked a third final in six years for Leese’s men, and after winning one and losing one against Wycombe, their opponents this year will be Beaconsfield SYCOB.
Leese said: “It was a very good performance by us against Maidenhead, and while we have another final to look forward to, the league is our priority and we have some big games coming up first.
“We had a few missing and had to play a midfielder, Scott Thomas, at the back with Danny Gudgeon, for his first game since coming back to us – it was like he’s never been away.
“We also had some of our young players step up to the plate – Lewis Rolfe, Sam Barker, Jack Reed and Matt Lynch – which shows the value of what we’re trying to do with our reserve side.”