‘WE WILL GIVE IT A GO’ IN CONCORD TIE
HAVING travelled to Romania, it is a slightly less glamorous trip to Canvey Island next for Beaconsfield Town in the FA Cup.
Boss Gary Meakin and his players will need no more motivation for their third qualifying round tie at Concord Rangers on October 6 than knowing how pleased their opponents are with the draw.
Having beaten FC Romania 2-0 on their own patch on Saturday, Monday’s draw pitched Meakin’s men with the Canvey Island-based National League South club who will be at home.
The outcome prompted Rangers manager Sammy Moore to tweet he was “delighted” while chairman Ant Smith said: “Beaconsfield at home in the next round, I’ll take that.”
Meakin admitted: “With respect to them, it was one of those draws we really wanted to avoid as if you are going to play a higher league team and go out you want to make some money out of the gate at a well-supported club like Woking, as you take 40%.
“We don’t mind playing away, though, and to be honest it’s a free game for us. We aren’t expected to win and, from their tweets, they are already happy with the tie so implying we’re not very good.
“We won’t be going there to sit back and try and see out a game when you are probably going to lose anyway.
“It’s like teams when they go to Manchester City. How many go there trying not to lose and end up being beaten three or 4-0. We won’t be doing that. We will be giving it a go. We enjoy playing away. There’s no pressure on us.”
Beaconsfield have already scooped £18,000 in prize money from making it through three rounds, but Meakin maintains the players are already well looked after by the chairman and those funds will be put back into where the money is needed for an outfit who struggle to get gates of 100.
The boss still harbours ambitions to get to the first round proper.
“That’s the aim,” he said. “The game against Concord is winnable. We just have to hope that we are all at 100% and they play below their levels.
“In a way Concord are a version of us [little club in bigger league] although it’s just hard to understand how some of their players are probably on around £400 to £500 a week.”
First it is Southern League Premier South action at Wimborne.
“They are similar in probably thinking they should have more points they they do,” said Meakin. “There’s a little league of around six to eight clubs around us of which they are one and it’s a league we’ve got to look to finish top of.”
Chesham United bowed out of the FA Cup 2-1 at Welling United.
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