Takes over

Ex­pe­ri­enced heads needed to stave off rel­e­ga­tion

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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

Photo by Ais­ling Mag­ill NL20136675

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