Sep 28 2012 By Guy Martin
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JAMES Beasant believes he can keep his place between the sticks at Hayes and Yeading despite the arrival of another keeper this week.
Beasant has had to be patient since arriving at Kingfield in December 2011 as he found himself behind Steve Arnold in the pecking order last term.
Arnold’s loan from Wycombe finished at the end of the season and the Wanderers keeper swapped the League Two outfit for Stevenage in the summer.
That move appeared to clear the way for Beasant to claim the United number one shirt, but boss Nas Bashir brought in another Wycombe shot-stopper to block his path at the start of the new campaign.
Matt Ingram made a good first impression in the United goal but was recalled by his parent club due to an injury crisis and now finds himself on the treatment table at Adams Park.
Finally, Beasant had his chance to stake a claim for the gloves and did not disappoint as he starred in Hayes and Yeading’s first shut-out of the season against Dover.
The 23-year-old has made two further starts since then, including Saturday’s 3-2 FA Cup win over Heybridge Swifts, and says he is full of confidence as the club prepares to travel to Eastleigh on Saturday.
He said: “It takes a few games to settle in, but with games comes confidence and that’s what I’m feeling at the moment.
“Last season was hard. I was playing and I got sent off, they brought in another keeper, then Steve Arnold came back and it didn’t work my way, but you’ve got to work hard and keep focussed and it will come in the end and it has come off now.”
Beasant, nephew of Wimbledon legend Dave, joined Bashir’s men from the Glenn Hoddle Academy and started his promising career at Watford.
He will have to compete for his first-team spot with former Charlton youngster Brandon Hall, who completed his move to Kingfield on Monday.
Meanwhile, United have drawn Salisbury City at home in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The tie will be played on Saturday, October 6.