Field day for hosts
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.