‘We can get to next level’
Saints keeper says they can go up in 2015/16 Meakin looks for a good sign
THEY might have blown it for this season, but Mike McEntegart reckons Chalfont St Peter have all the right credentials for a promotion-chasing side.
A superb run of form before Christmas catapulted the Saints into the Southern One Central play-off places, but a run of six games without a win since New Year’s Day has seen them slip back to 11th and 12 points off the top five.
But keeper McEntegart, a summer signing from Biggleswade Town, has seen enough to convince himself that the Saints can regroup and make another push for the play-offs next year.
The Chalfont custodian should know a thing or two about what it takes, having played in the Biggleswade side which won promotion to the Southern Premier through the end of season lottery two years ago.
He said: “Biggleswade were a bit like Chalfont – a small village club which has been built up by good people and established themselves at a decent level.
“They got a squad together which was capable of pushing on to the next level and through a lot of hard work and togetherness we managed to do it.
“That’s not to take away from the fact that we had some good players at Biggleswade, as well as a fantastic team spirit, which helps you through some of the more testing times when you’re going for that top five place.
“I have seen a lot of similarities here too. [Manager] Danny Edwards has put squad of talented players together, and we showed when we went on that run what we are capable of.
“There’s no reason why we can’t do it again.
“It’s been a wide open league all season, and I genuinely believe we are good enough to be a top five side with the players we have, but this experience will stand us in good stead.”
Chalfont looked set to pull off an upset at title-chasing Bedworth last Saturday when Aaron Lansiquot
THE RIGHT STUFF: (Left) Keeper Mike McEntegart; (above) John Carroll got a consolation goal against Bedworth gave them an early lead, but the hosts equalised before the break, while two goals in as many minutes after it wrapped up the win.
John Carroll pulled one back in injury time, but it was too little too late and Chalfont lost 3-2. They will be looking to bounce back at home to Northwood on Saturday. GARY Meakin hopes to have two new signings in place by the time his Beaconsfield SYCOB side visit North Greenford United on Saturday, Street.
The SYCOB boss has added a few experienced heads to complement their talented youngsters since returning to the club last month. But he feels a couple more are needed to complete a squad he feels will pull Beaconsfield away from the Southern One Central drop zone.
He said: “I’m hoping to get a couple more in attacking-wise and then we should be done. They’re in the pipeline and hopefully we’ll have them in place by the weekend.”
Meakin wants to give his forward line a boost after they squandered a number of chances to beat relegation rivals Leighton Town in Saturday’s 1-1 draw, with Victor Osubu the worst culprit, despite opening the scoring with his second goal since returning to the club.
Meakin said: “It was a frustrating draw considering the amount of chances we created – if we had won 8-1, Leighton would have had few complaints.
“Victor missed his fair share, but at least he got his goal and if he keeps knocking them in we’ll both be happy. I only had him for one game last season. His pace scares defenders and gives us a different option.”
The point nevertheless kept SYCOB level on points with Leighton and six above the danger zone, as well as 10 clear of their hosts on Saturday, who have games in hand but look doomed.
Meakin added: “There’s no place for any kind of sentiment in football – we’ll be looking to put anther nail in North Greenford’s coffin on Saturday.
“We may have only won once since I came back, but we have only lost twice, and they were to promotion-chasing sides Kettering and Rugby – one to an injury time winner. As long as we finish outside the bottom two, that’s all that matters.”