SYCOB boss hails 'best ever' win

Bucks Free Press: Beaconsfield SYCOB boss Jamie Pritchard Beaconsfield SYCOB boss Jamie Pritchard

JAMIE Pritchard was celebrating the best win of his entire career last night as his Beaconsfield SYCOB side sent MK Dons crashing out of the Berks and Bucks Cup.

SYCOB booked their place in the final with a 3-0 win over their professional opponents at Holloways Park.

Miles Jones gave the non leaguers a first half lead before Ryan Upward's close range finish and a late goal from Ryan Blake saw off the League One outfit.

And it was no fluke as the Dons fielded a number of well-known faces in their line-up.

Veteran striker Ryan Lowe led the line alongside Izale McLeod - sold for £1.1million earlier in his career - and the defence contained former Paris St Germain man Matthias Doumbe and the experienced Antony Kay.

Pritchard admitted: "When we saw the team sheet we thought, 'We could be on the wrong end of something here', but we turned in fantastic performances from one to eleven.

"We didn't ride our luck but they had lots of possession and showed their quality. We stuck to what we asked the players to do, scored a really good goal as Miles finished off a fantastic move and that gave us something to play for.

"Second half we knew they would come out very strongly. They brought on more first team players but we stood strong. It was an unbelievable performance.

"To beat the quality in front of us, the players have to take full credit."

The beaming boss added: "For me, it was the best moment of my career - even playing. I don't know how many have played in a competitive match against a professional side - pre-season doesn't count - but it ranks right up there. To beat a professional side, and one taking the game seriously and not playing just a youth team, is surreal.

"It's a great achievement and I'm very proud of the players' commitment and attitude.

"We had a couple of beers afterwards and I've had lots of nice texts from friends saying well done. It's a nice distraction from the league, which is still very much at the forefront of my mind."

Beating Northwood two days previously had helped lay the foundations as Beaconsfield cemented their place among the promotion contenders.

Pritchard said: "It was some of the best football we've played since I've been here. 3-2 flattered Northwood slightly. We were very dominant and gave away two very poor goals.

"I said if we could take some of that into the MK Dons game then we've got every chance.

"It's now a case of staying in touch with the rest of the league. They are all six pointers now."

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