Experienced heads needed to stave off relegation
ANDY Hurley insists Beaconsfield SYCOB will stick to their philosophy of developing young talent, despite re-hiring Gary Meakin as a firefighter.
After Meakin quit as manager to join Burnham at the end of last season, the club was taken over by the FAB Academy, with Hurley installed in the hotseat.
The plan was to bring the best youngsters from FAB into men’s football, but with too few experienced heads alongside them, SYCOB have endured a season of struggle.
A recent improvement in results has seen the club climb out of the Southern League Central drop zone, but fears of relegation have prompted them to act.
Hurley, whose last match in charge was Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Potters Bar, has moved upstairs while Meakin was back in the dugout for Monday night’s 2-2 draw with Leighton Town.
Hurley said: “There were a few concerns about our league position and that we would be relegated – that’s not to say we would have gone down, but they didn’t want to
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Gary Meakin take the risk.
“Gary has got the contacts for our players from last season, who have not been playing anywhere since he left Burnham, and he has already brought six or seven back. Gary could get the players instantly and knows the club well already.
“The club want to make sure they’re safe this season, and by then the academy lads will have a bit more experience. The young guys aren’t being pushed out, but the situation we’re in requires a few more older heads.
“What happens after that is still up in the air. It was me who contacted Gary, and I will take a step back. We have plans for next season, but need to secure our league status first.
“Whereas we were losing lots of games earlier in the season, we had started turning those defeats into draws. What we need at the moment, though, is to turn those draws into wins.”
Five of those who played for Meakin at Beaconsfield last season went straight into the side for Monday night’s game.
Craig Carby, Jordan Ajanlekoko, Kurtney Brooks, Romaine Walker and Kofi Lockhart-Adams all pulled on the red and white quarters once more, with LockhartAdams bagging both the goals.
The point took Beaconsfield five clear of the relegation zone but having played three more games than second-from-bottom North Greenford United, ahead of Saturday’s game at Godalming Town.
PRODIGAL SONS: Two-goal Kofi Lockhart-Adams, right, was one of five former players recalled by returning Beaconsfield manager Gary Meakin on Monday night