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BEACONSFIELD BOSS WANTS TO FIGHT OFF REL­E­GA­TION FEARS BE­FORE RE­LAX­ING

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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

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