ANDY Leese is hoping in-form striker Leon Archer's hot scoring run will silence his critics.

The Chesham United boss has always backed the 31-year-old to lead the line for his side but

Archer has had a mixed year after suffering a serious knee ligament injury last February which ended his season.

The ex-Braintree frontman missed a chunk of this season through work commitments but Leese believes he has shaken off the after-effects of the injury and is back to his best after bagging a late equaliser at Brackley on Saturday.

It was Archer's third goal in three games and took his season's tally to six – still a way off the 17 he had netted before his injury last year.

Leese said: "Leon has worked extremely hard to come back from the injury which was very serious. He didn't need an operation, which was a blessing, but it still took its toll.

"He has had his doubters, even within the club, but he is proving he is a top player and top striker.

"We missed him for a large part of last season and it has taken him a while to get back to his best. He had some work commitments that meant we didn't see him for a month at the end of last year which was far from ideal.

"But he is starting to score his trademark goals again. He turned 31 last week and we keep telling him that he is in the form of his life."

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