Thomas’s big am­bi­tion

Bea­cons­field cap­tain keen to avoid an­other rel­e­ga­tion scrap SYCOB wait for name change

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

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.

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