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Beaconsfield hurt in injury time
INJURY time has really hurt Beaconsfield SYCOB in the last few games.
It turned a 2-1 victory into a 2-2 draw against Royston last Monday and on Saturday a 0-0 draw became a 1-0 defeat against Daventy as three points in two matches have slipped through their fingers after the 90 minutes was up.
Manager Gary Meakin believes a lack of fitness is to blame – and he admits that is both physical and mental fitness.
He said: “We tend to struggle in the last 20 minutes because we haven’t got enough fitness in the squad. But five of the last seven goals we’ve conceded have been from set pieces.
“Teams aren’t opening us up, so that’s one positive, but set pieces are really costing us. That’s just a lack of concentration, which comes from mental tiredness.”
However, without a game until Ashford on October 8, Meakin has a little window of opportunity to iron out the creases after a manic start to the campaign.
He said: “This is almost like a mini pre-season for us because, coming in four days before the start, I didn’t get one with them.
“We’ve got five sessions and hopefully a friendly next Tuesday, so it’s time for the squad to get to know each other.”
Meakin hasn’t quite finished wheeling and dealing though. He is still hoping to add either two strikers or one striker and a wide man, and has made two more seven-day approaches this week.
He said: “One is from the league above and one is from this league, but whether I get them both I don’t know.
“But overall I’m happy and we’re ahead of where I thought we’d be. If you stopped the last two games after 90 minutes we’d be two points off the top. We’re still a work in progress, but we won’t get downbeat.”
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