Thomas’s big ambition
Beaconsfield captain keen to avoid another relegation scrap SYCOB wait for name change
Chris Thomas batting for Beaconsfield against Yateley DIRECTOR of football Nas Bashir is still puzzled over Beaconsfield SYCOB’s namechange situation – but is not too bothered if it has to wait another year, writes Tim Street.
Last month, the club announced that it was changing its name to Beaconsfield Town for the forthcoming season after more than 20 years as SYCOB.
This was due partly to the lack of connections with the old Slough Youth Club Old Boys ys set-up, which the original Beaconsfield United side merged with in 1993.
However, it has since emerged that the FA will not rubber-stamp the name-change as the governing body’s rules state any such switch must be applied for before the end of the previous calendar year.
All of which means the club will have to wait until next summer if they are to adopt
Only a last day losing draw against Datchet and a defeat for drop zone rivals High Wycombe seconds stopped the Wilton Park side falling through the trapdoor.
Thomas, who has been with the club since the age of six, and has been involved with the first team since the age of 16, has far loftier ambitions for the side.
He said: “Our first aim is to improve on last season, when we avoided relegation on the last day of the season. We don’t want to dwell on last year too much, but availability was our downfall and a lot of the boys have finished university now.
“We would love to be challenging at the other end and in this league all it takes is two or three wins to put you right up there.
“We were in the Home Counties League up until five years ago and were up there for a good six or seven years. There are still three of us around from those days, myself included, and we want to be back there.”
Thomas admits Beaconsfield will have to recover from a slow start to the season, however, with Saturday’s the new moniker, and stay as SYCOB for another season.
Bashir said: “I’m not 100 per cent sure what is happening as I’ve not been around for the last couple of weeks. We want to makem a fresh start and the name changecha was part of that, but if it hash to wait another year, there’s worse things that can happen to be honest.
“It is what it is and we will waitw and see what happens.”
Beaconsfield are also close to ap appointing a new manager to repla replace Bashir, who is moving back upstairs after making a return to the dugout towards the end of last season following Gary Meakin’s departure.
Bashir added: “We’re nearly there now and we hope to have someone in place over the next couple of weeks, so they can then get on with putting the squad together. We are looking to next season with plenty of optimism.” two-wicket defeat at Yateley their third from the opening four games. Having posted a challenging 203-4, they then allowed their hosts to claw their way to victory at 207-8.
Thomas said: “If you played that game 10 times, we would have won nine of them. It feels like we should have won and we would have if we had taken our chances, but we have to pick ourselves up now.
“If you bat at Yateley and get 180plus you tend to be in a good position, and we were. We had them 150-7 and 170-8, but in truth we didn’t bowl that well and they gave us a couple of wickets.
“We batted very well, but the pitch was hard work.”
The mainstay of the Beaconsfield batting was Thomas himself, who struck a first century of the season and remained unbeaten on 102, signalling a personal return to form.
He added: “It was a shame it was on a losing side. I didn’t do any preseason or winter nets for various reasons and I’m only just remembering how to score runs again.
“I was getting to 30 and forgetting how to carry on, but it’s finally clicked now. It’s all about partnerships and I put on 140-150 with James Randall for the fifth wicket.”
Meanwhile, in Division 4a, Asif Ahmed struck an unbeaten 153 as Chalfont St Peter beat Burnham thirds by 106 runs for a first win of the season.