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Beeley ever present

15 September 2012

After seven league and cup games, Fleetwood Town’s only ever-presents are goalkeeper, Scott Davies, and full-back, Shaun Beeley.

By David Mitchell

After seven league and cup games, Fleetwood Town’s only ever-presents are goalkeeper, Scott Davies, and full-back, Shaun Beeley. 

23 year-old Beeley has continued where he left off at the end of last season and is drawing many admiring comments from the stands: ‘I feel fit and sharp.  I did a lot of work pre-season and put last year’s injury behind me.  I’m getting into the type of game that I want to play, breaking forward as often as possible.  In turn, this pushes the opponents’ left wingers back and reduces the amount of defending that I need to do.’ Beeley was as consistent as ever in his side’s comprehensive 4-0 defeat of Morecambe last Saturday, coming close to adding a fifth as he popped up as a centre forward before striking a stunning shot which hit the Morecambe crossbar: ‘I may have started the move back in defence but I know that it went through Damian Johnson, Baz (Barry Nicholson) and Parkin.  When I got the ball back inside the area I knew that I had to touch it away with a defender at the other side.  It was a good connection but, unfortunately, it hit the bar.’ ‘I thought we were class on Saturday.  We worked a lot on our movement in training during last week and what we wanted to do came off.  All the lads did brilliantly.’ Despite his young age, Beeley has become one of the team’s seniors in terms of experience.  With 180 league and cup games under his belt, only Nathan Pond and Jamie Milligan lie ahead of him in the current squad.  One of those games was in the FA Cup at Northampton Town three years ago.  Since that day, Beeley has developed into a much more complete player and, on Saturday, the Cobblers will be the next team to face up to the confident full-back’s effectiveness as a defensive and attacking force.

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