The first day of the 2017-18 Evo-Stik South East season saw the newly named Beaconsfield Town chalk up a resounding and well deserved victory over Aylesbury United.
Sporting not just a new moniker but a new kit, a new sponsor, new manager and a new Chairman, The Rams also had a pretty much new team as well, with only Charlie Losasso, Aaron Minhas, Ollie Jones and Callum Mapley surviving from last season.
The Ducks were welcoming a new home – Chesham United’s The Meadow – and it was they that settled the quickest, with Bruno Brito sending a header just over on two minutes. The Rams first chance of note came on 24 minutes when they broke quickly from a United corner and got the ball to Aaron Morgan whose shot went narrowly wide. Generally though, the first half was instantly forgettable and gave no indication of the quality goal fest that was to come.
With the second period only ten minutes old, Rams boss Gary Meakin brought on Andre Costa in place of on-loan Farnborough striker Patrik Ruzicka, changing the Beaconsfield shape to 4-5-1. Within three minutes, Costa had skinned his marker and put in a teasing cross that Aaron Minhas bravely dived at to score the first ever competitive Beaconsfield Town goal – surely a fact that will pop up on a future Question Of Sport!
The goal sparked a flame in The Rams and three minutes later, Aaron Morgan spun his marker and fired off a shot that was well saved by Jack Sillitoe. The keeper, however, was very unlucky sixty seconds later when a fierce shot by Charlie Losasso cannoned off the bar and hit the diving custodian on the back and rebounded into the net for an OG, though the goal should be awarded to Charlie. The busy Sillitoe made some fine saves over the next couple of minutes from efforts by Morgan and Minhas as The Rams fully cranked up the pressure.
On 74 minutes, another shot by the excellent Losasso again hit the woodwork and fell kindly to Captain Wes Daly to slot home. Hopes of a Beaconsfield clean sheet were dashed on 78 minutes, though, when Ducks right back Gavin Hinds-Cadette made space for himself and hit a screamer past Jamie Norris. The home sides dreams of a comeback, however, were short lived as on 81 minutes a one two between sub Ollie Jones and Losasso saw OJ curl a beauty past Sillitoe to restore Beaconsfield’s three goal advantage which they held until the final whistle.
These are early days in the history of Beaconsfield Town FC but they are very encouraging, the second half in particular showing just how good they can be.
Come On You Rams!