Budget contraints might make Beaconsfield a tough sell

Gary Meakin

Gary Meakin

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BEACONSFIELD SYCOB manager Gary Meakin admits he’ll be relying on player loyalty this summer as he strives to build a squad capable of lasting the distance next season.

His team were right in the promotion chase until fading in February, but they have bounced back with three Southern League Cenrtal wins in a row and still have a Bucks Cup final to look forward to.

Meakin is hoping the possibility of improving on that next year will convince his players to snub higher wages at rival clubs.

He said: “My job in the summer is to convince the players that we’ve got a better chance of promotion next year than this year.

“I’ve spoken to the chairman about budgets and there will be some money, but if no one wants to invest in the club then it will be less than what we started with this year – about the same as what we’ve got now.

“Even Chalfont St Peter and Northwood have bigger budgets than us and the players will do what’s best for them, and that’s right.

“Each to their own.”

Meakin will be around to fight the fight though.

He said: “I’m not going anywhere. Some people would walk away but I’m not going to give it up.”

Beaconsfield were 3-1 winners over Uxbridge last weekend thanks to goals from Tom O’Regan, Lee Grant and Kofi Lockhart-Adams.

On Saturday they host AFC Hayes.

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