‘One good game not enough to stay safe’
SYCOB boss hoping for ‘bragging rights’ over his close neighbour
EVERYBODY likes to be a good neighbour, but Andy Hurley is hoping to put one of his in a foul mood on Saturday.
The Beaconsfield SYCOB boss lives in Amersham, a short distance from Aylesbury boss Steve Bateman (pictured, inset), whose side host his in the Southern Division One Central.
Hurley is hoping his troops make it an ‘Aylesbury double’, having disposed of United 4-0 at the weekend, thanks to an Aaron Couch brace and goals from Ashley Kelynack and Omari Patrick.
He said: “I know Steve very well. We live only about 100 yards apart and our sons went to school together, so it will be nice to get one over on him and get some bragging rights.
“We got into the game in a buoyant mood, as last weekend was our best of the season so far; it was certainly the most enjoyable. The most pleasing thing was we produced that performance after recently being under a bit of pressure, myself included.
“I wasn’t happy with the way things were going, and various people in the club have been concerned about the results, which I understand because I have been too. To come back with a display like that was superb – not like scraped lucky 1-0.
“It was nice for all the hard work to pay off for a change, as we have been working hard all along in training.
“But I have to emphasise to the lads now that the hard work must go on.
“It is just one game, and we now have to put a string of results together.”
What made the win, which moved SYCOB out of the drop zone, all the more impressive is it came a week after they lost two experienced centre backs, with Jonathan Munday and Tom Willment both departing.
Hurley added: “I brought in one of our 18-year-olds, Guram Guramishvilli, on Saturday and he was excellent – you couldn’t fault him. We’re still looking to add to the squad – it’s just finding the right player, and we’re talking to a few at the moment.” it’s we
COPING WITH THE PRESSURE: Beaconsfield SYCOB manager Andy Hurley