Field day for hosts

RUGBY

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

BRIL­LIANT Bea­cons­field pro­duced an ex­cel­lent per­for­mance in out­play­ing South­ern Coun­ties North high-fly­ers Thatcham on Satur­day.

From the open­ing min­utes they took the ini­tia­tive, with Ed Waugh chip­ping the ball over the for­wards to put the vis­i­tors on the back foot.

That gave Cal­lum Wilkin­son the chance to take the ball for­ward, slip­ping it to Gerry Goss for the first con­verted try.

Rob­bie Wal­dron then kicked two penal­ties to move the score on but missed a third, and was made to pay when Thatcham broke and scored their open­ing try down the right flank just be­fore half time.

Af­ter the break, from a Bea­cons­field li­ne­out, the ball was fed out to the left and Waugh man­aged to get it over the line, while at the other end, af­ter a pro­longed ref­eree’s de­ci­sion near the Bea­cons­field line, Thatcham were even­tu­ally given a penalty try.

How­ever, the hosts saw out the game to record an 18-12 victory.

In the same di­vi­sion, Olly Ash­ton led the way with two tries as Drifters beat bot­tom side Alch­ester 28-13 for a first win in 10 games.

Alch­ester opened the scor­ing with a penalty be­fore Matt Brown replied with two for Drifters, sand­wiched by Ash­ton’s open­ing try, and his sec­ond came from an over­lap, al­low­ing him to dummy his op­po­site num­ber and sprint in from 30 yards,

John Cooper, pro­moted from the sec­ond XV, stormed through the mid­dle for the third try which Brown con­verted, and although Alch­ester pulled a try back, Drifters made sure of the bonus point late on when Cameron Den­ton broke two tack­les and beat the fi­nal de­fender for pace to touch down.

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