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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.