Wednesday 07th September 2005

Chatham skipper Best still excited about FA Cup


Chatham Town skipper Steve Best faces Ryman League Division One side Leatherhead for the very first time in his career on Saturday in their FA Cup First Qualifying Round tie at Maidstone Road, writes Stephen McCartney.

The Medway side are sixth in the table and are unbeaten in all competitive matches this season.

The 32-year-old set up his side's second goal in their comfortable 3-0 win over Berkhamsted Town last Saturday, in a game where wingers Israel Amadi and seventeen-year-old Byron Walker impressed.

However, Walker was joined by three other teenagers in the side with Matt Bourne, 18, Matt Solly, 17, and striker Rob Denness, 17, impressing.

Looking ahead to Saturday's game, Best said: "The game is important for the club as we need to get that little bit of money behind us.

"I can't wait - I'm really looking forward to it, even at 32, I'm still excited about it (the FA Cup).

"I haven't played them at all, right way through my career.

"Steve (Binks) has been along to watch them so we'll know a little bit about them."

Binks' side beat a hard working North Leigh side 2-0 at home in the Preliminary Round two weeks ago, and gave an insight on the Tanners.

"I went to watch Leatherhead when they beat Ash United with a last minute winner in the replay," he revealed.

"They are very solid, very workmanlike and very organised but I think we've got the ability to put on a good show."

Chatham Town v Leatherhead
FA Cup First Qualifying Round

Saturday 10th September 2005
Kick Off 3:00pm
at Maidstone Road, Chatham