Louth’s back on his own

De­fender Page’s Burn­ham move breaks up part­ner­ship Bea­cons­field’s tough dou­ble

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

BEA­CONS­FIELD SYCOB will have to do it the hard way if they are to re­main clear at the South­ern One Cen­tral drop zone this week.

The Rams host fifth-placed Han­well Town on Satur­day be­fore trav­el­ling to sec­ond-placed Ket­ter­ing Town on Tues­day night, in a daunt­ing cou­ple of fix­tures against pro­mo­tion-chas­ing sides.

But boss Gary Meakin will be full of con­fi­dence after his side gave another side in the pro­mo­tion shake-up, fourth-placed Rugby Town, a fright on Satur­day.

The Rams never looked like a team in the bot­tom four and, in the first half par­tic­u­larly, looked more like ti­tle con­tenders than their hosts.

From the off, they har­ried and ha­rassed Rugby, and SYCOB keeper Bren­dan Ha­zlett had lit­tle to do, while Kofi Lock­hart-Adams and Ro­maine Walker were al­ways a threat go­ing for­ward.

A snap shot by Ol­lie Jones was then bril­liantly saved by Mor­ris, but the home stop­per was pow­er­less on 24 min­utes when a Jones cor­ner was headed home by a much sharper look­ing Aaron Berry to give SYCOB a de­served lead.

The rest of the half saw SYCOB con­tinue to dis­rupt Rugby’s tempo and the sec­ond half was only five min­utes old when Lock­hart-Adams turned his de­fender and made a great run, only to see his shot well saved by Mor­ris.

How­ever, Rugby are not up there with­out rea­son and be­gan to get more into the game. Seb Lake-Gaskin rat­tled the Rams’ bar on 55 min­utes, and a few min­utes later Ha­zlett had to re­act quickly to keep out a sliced clear­ance.

The hosts fi­nally made the break­through with 12 min­utes left, thanks to a clin­i­cal Lewis Rankin strike.

Bea­cons­field still never pan­icked, but the Rugby pres­sure fi­nally told in in­jury time when a half clear­ance was pounced on by sub Fazel Koriya to un­de­servedly claim the points for the hosts.

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