BEACONSFIELD BOSS WANTS TO FIGHT OFF RELEGATION FEARS BEFORE RELAXING
GARY Meakin wants his Beaconsfield Town team to get to 55 points as soon as possible so he can relax and plan for next season.
The Rams boss has seen his players over-achieve this term and they are just two places off the play-offs but, tellingly, they are only 12 points from third-bottom Chesham United in a tight league.
“It only takes one of those clubs down there to put a run together and if you time it wrong with some poor results, you can get dragged back in,” said Meakin.
“We just aim for two points a game on average and go from there. We don’t want to get embroiled in what’s happening below us. We want to get ourselves safe, know we are going to be in this division again next season and start to plan for it.”
Beaconsfield lost two games, against Harrow Borough and Salisbury, after their momentous FA Trophy clash with Leyton Orient, but have bounced back with 3-2 successes against Staines Town and Basingstoke Town.
“We battered Harrow and missed two open goals there so should never have lost 2-1 and the result was unjust,” he said.
“Then we played Salisbury [2-1] and they deserved to win. We haven’t played Taunton yet who are top, but Salisbury are the best team we’ve played and will be in the top two come the end of the season.”
Playing basement boys Staines Town after Salisbury was, on the face of it, a good fixture to have after successive defeats and Meakin said: “I thought that too until we were 2-0 down after three minutes. The players showed good character to come back from that.
“Then we played Basingstoke and scored late on to win it, which was pleasing.
“We are struggling with injuries at the moment but I can’t sign any players because in a couple of weeks time they will be back and then we’ve have too many players.”
Meakin’s men have a derby clash with Chesham United on Saturday, the second of a three-match spell away from home.
“We know them and they know us and they’ve got some new players in and picked up some points so it should be interesting,” added Meakin.
“We beat them 7-0 in the first game and there are still a few who will remember that and will want some revenge. They could have been 2-0 up in that game before we scored and then everything we hit went in.”
Meanwhile, Chesham United continued their revival with a superb 3-0 win over Kings Langley on Boxing Day prior to a draw with fifthplaced Met Police on Saturday, a team who have lost just twice all season.
Incredibly, despite five wins and a draw in their last eight matches, James Duncan’s side remain in the bottom three which shows you just how far adrift they were when Duncan took over.
Chalfont St Peter beat Marlow 4-1 in Isthmian League South Central Division and drew 0-0 at Uxbridge in their last two matches.
Beaconsfield Town are aiming for 55 points