“We’ve shown we can play together”

As it was last Saturday, so it was this – Cheek and Kedwell on the scoresheet together. And the man of the moment, Michael Cheek with four goals in three games, insists that he and 60-goal Danny Kedwell can strike up a viable partnership.

“There’s no pressure,” he told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “I didn’t sign just to replace Danny. We’ve shown we can play together and it’s not always going to be me or him. We’re playing fantastically together. I can learn so much from him on and off the field but it’s working at the moment. I need to start setting him up more! But I won him the penalty last week so I’ll take that.”

Having bided his time to show Fleet fans what he’s all about, the former Braintree and Dagenham striker has firmly grasped his opportunity under Garry Hill.

“I’m delighted. It’s falling for me at the minute and I’ll take it with both hands,” Cheek said. “It’s always nice when you’re scoring and the team’s undefeated since Garry’s come in as well so it’s a happy camp at the moment. It’s different. It’s a different style of football but we seem to be creating a lot of chances and at this time we’re taking them, so it’s good. [Garry and Ian Hendon] have come in and told us what they want – the boys are listening and it’s paying off. We’re undefeated, so happy days.”

And the worrying thing for National League defence is that Cheek’s enjoying his football at the moment and he has a goal target to fulfil.

“It’s a team performance and if I’m getting the goals, I keep the shirt but as long as the team’s winning, I don’t mind,” Cheek said. “I think I’ve earned my shirt now as well, obviously getting the goals, but I’m enjoying my football at the moment. It sounds cliched but you’ve just got to take one game at a time – there’s a bit of a gap now forming but as long as we stay with that pack, we can keep looking up the table. I keep [my goal targets] to myself but I’m getting there and can hopefully get another few in the next couple of weeks before Christmas.”


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