Hangover follows cup success for Chiltern with league defeat
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.”