RUGBY

Hang­over fol­lows cup suc­cess for Chiltern with league de­feat

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On pa­per the Rams se­cured a straight­for­ward 2-0 win, Wes Daly scor­ing af­ter ten min­utes and Tre Mit­ford adding a sec­ond late on, but Meakin said the match was nervier than the score­line may sug­gest.

“In the first half we played well but in the sec­ond half we hung on a bit,” Meakin said. “They prob­a­bly de­served a point, min­i­mum. In the first half we should have been out of sight but in the sec­ond we didn’t re­ally come out of the chang­ing room and prob­a­bly used up our luck up for the rest of the sea­son.

“Be­cause we played so well in the first half, I think maybe sub­con- sciously the play­ers thought they would go out and do the same again, but it didn’t hap­pen. We nearly came un­stuck.

“We needed that sec­ond goal. It was only with a cou­ple of min­utes to go, but it was a sigh of re­lief when it went in.”

The win leaves the Rams sec­ond in the table, be­hind AFC Rush­den & Di­a­monds.

And while Meakin feels win­ning the South­ern League East Di­vi­sion ti­tle would be an over­achieve­ment for his Bea­cons­field charges this sea­son, the man­ager said his side need to beat teams of Fleet’s claibre if they are to fin­ish in the play-off places.

“I’m look­ing down­wards in­stead of up­wards,” Meakin ad­mit­ted. “I don’t mind if Rush­den go and win the league, we have to worry about try­ing to fin­ish in the play-offs first, and once that’s se­cured we can worry about be­ing in the top two.

“Without be­ing dis­re­spect­ful, we have to beat teams like Fleet if we want to achieve any­thing.

“At the start of the sea­son, the tar­get was to chal­lenge at the top end of the table and flirt with the play-offs. Ba­si­cally that’s what we are do­ing, but there are 14 games to go so we could get car­ried away and talk about win­ning the league and this, that and the other but you might take your eye off the fact we just want to be in the play­offs.

“If we get in the play-offs and don’t get pro­moted then we have done as well as we wanted to. We would love to get pro­moted, of course we would, but there’s no rush.”

Next up are Kemp­ston Rovers away on Satur­day, be­fore Bea­cons­field host Bed­ford Town on Mon­day night, and Meakin wants a min­i­mum of four points from the two games.

“It’s just one at a time. Let’s worry about Kemp­ston first and try to get some­thing from the game,” he said. “If we get four points from the two then we will be happy, be­cause two points per game will keep you tick­ing over.

“In terms of win­ning, I just want us to win one of them and then we will see what we can do with the other.”

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