IT’S SPLIT LOYALTIES FOR STEVE

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Alex Narey

BEACONSFIELD Town boss Gary Meakin has re­vealed the club’s FA Tro­phy first round draw with Ley­ton Ori­ent has the po­ten­tial to cause a few headaches in the board­room, with the club’s vice-chair­man a life-long O’s fan.

Steve Sweet­love is a reg­u­lar at Bris­bane Road when­ever his du­ties with the Rams al­low him time away, but Meakin is adamant he will have to put his ‘fan’ loyalties to one side for a day as they go toe to toe with the Na­tional League lead­ers.

“He (Steve) goes to see Ori­ent a fair bit,” says Meakin. “In fact he went to watch the game against Alder­shot this week.

“He can sup­port them all he wants but when we play them he to put all that to one side. He’s even talk­ing about mak­ing half-and-half scarfs.”

With the Tro­phy draw still re­gion­alised, Beaconsfield – cur­rently push­ing to­wards the play-off spots in South­ern Premier South – will travel to Justin Ed­in­burgh’s O’s on Satur­day De­cem­ber 15.

And while there would be a temp­ta­tion for the Ori­ent boss to rest play­ers with Na­tional League pro­mo­tion their num­ber one pri­or­ity, Meakin wants his side to face the best that Bris­bane Road can serve up.

“It’s tempt­ing and un­der­stand­able to rest play­ers,” he says. “But it’s a fine mar­gin be­cause you want that con­ti­nu­ity. We have the same is­sue when we play league and county cups; you think about rest­ing play­ers but there is a dan­ger do­ing that.

“Per­son­ally, I would like Justin Ed­in­burgh to field his strong­est side, so we can go there and test our­selves against the best in front of a big crowd.

“We will go there know­ing we have to give it a go, and who knows. You need a bit of luck and maybe a dodgy ref­er­ee­ing de­ci­sion and it could turn out to be a good day for you.

“Ley­ton Ori­ent are re­ally a Foot­ball League club; it’s the big­gest draw we could have got but we are un­der no real pres­sure. The pres­sure is to go there and give a good ac­count of ourhas selves and not lose by ten goals or some­thing silly like that.”

Meakin, who lis­tened to the draw live on his phone while at work on a build­ing site, be­lieves it is re­ward for all the hard work and ef­fort that has gone into the club in re­cent years that cul­mi­nated in them win­ning the South­ern Premier East last sea­son.

“It’s what we needed re­ally as a club,” he says. “We have been do­ing so many great things in the last few years and get­ting a draw like this makes people sit up and take no­tice.

“It’s not go­ing to change the world but it will put what we do in the spot­light a bit more and hope­fully people will recog­nise what the club is all about.”

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