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Meakin inspires Rams to perfect start
BEACONSFIELD might have lost their manager and half their team a week before the season, but that’s nothing for new boss Gary Meakin.
He’s just 29, but he’s been in worse situations and come through them.
Three times in fact.
He said: “It’s been quite stressful, but I’m used to it.
“This is the fourth ocassion I’ve had to take over in that sort of situation and this is probably the easiest because there is no pressure.
“The other three times I came in and we had to win games or get relegated.”
Meakin took over Hillingdon Borough when they were second from bottom with eight games left, Northwood were in the same boat with ten games to go and Wingate & Finchley were also mired in a relegation fight when he rode to the rescue in November.
All three stayed up, so it’s perhaps no surprise he has got immediate results at Beaconsfield following Jamie Pritchard’s resignation.
He said: “If you had said last Tuesday we’d have six points now I’d have laughed at you, but we couldn’t have done any better.”
A pair of 3-2 wins over Dunstable and Egham mean the Rams are one of only three teams with a 100 per cent record still, and they’ve done it with a side patched up with five dual registered players and others begged, borrowed and stolen – in the nicest sense of the word – from other clubs.
Seven-day approaches have since been tabled for six players and Meakin doesn’t expect the side to settle down until November.
He said: “I just hope we can hang on to the coattails of the top five until then.
“We’re not getting carried away. We’re taking every game as it comes at the moment.
“We didn’t expect to beat Dunstable and were hoping we might get something against Egham.
“But we’ve got six points and we can build on that. If we’re in the top five then fantastic. If we’re not it won’t be the end of the world, as long as we’re not in the bottom half.”
Zak Joseph’s 89th minute winner earned all the points at Dunstable after earlier goals from Sam Grayley and Nathan Poulter, and Joseph scored twice more alongside a Yash Romeo goal to see off Egham.
On Saturday Beaconsfield host Barton Rovers before a trip to Slough on Monday.
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