Sep 13 2012 By Yann Tear
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GARY MEAKIN became embroiled in a war of words with Chesham United boss Andy Leese after Northwood’s giant-killing FA Cup win on Saturday.
But the satisfaction was all his at the end as he reflected on another masterclass from match-winner Romaine Walker that again underlined the winger’s potential.
Walker won and converted the penalty 10 minutes from time that settled Saturday's tie at the Meadow, landing the club a £3,000 cheque for progressing to the next round.
Leese accused Meakin of being patronising when the pair shook hands at the end of the match and Northwood’s young boss wished his rival ‘all the best’.
“He was laughing in my face, and if you are not going to be sincere, why say anything?” Leese said. “Shake hands and leave it at that. He was even getting his players to rub our noses in it.
“He’s a young manager who’s done nothing in the game yet and he needs to be a little bit more humble. I’ve been around long enough not to be spoken to like that. Frankly, I hope they get knocked out in the next round after this.”
Meakin said: “I thought their manager was a bit disrespectful saying I was being patronising. I think he’ll look back later and say he was wrong. It’s maybe because he feels the pressure. You don’t play many games that are worth £3,000 to your club.”
Although the Premier Division side hit the woodwork twice, Northwood contained them well and always carried a threat through Walker’s trickery.
“He can be as good as he wants to,” said Meakin. “My constant question to him is how good does he want to be?
“His ability is there for everybody to see, it’s the rest of it that goes with it. Sometimes the attitude lets him down.
“It’s almost a lazy attitude at times. Sometimes he plays well for half an hour, but he needs to be doing it for 90 minutes. If he does that, he wins games on his own.
“He’s young, so he’s a little rough around the edges. You can’t have a perfect 19-year-old. But as soon as he tidies all that up, and realises that he can do something in the game, he can be what he wants.
“If he carries on like this, it will be difficult to keep him, but that’s what we want. He’s signed a contract, so if someone wants him, we get something for him and the club will benefit.”