Tat­ter­sall’s look­ing to build on steady start

Bea­cons­field boss now takes on his for­mer men­tor

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SI­MON Tat­ter­sall will be look­ing to get one over on a for­mer men­tor this Satur­day when he takes his Bea­cons­field RFC side to face Ayles­bury.

Their South­ern Coun­ties North ri­vals are led by Dave Larham, who coached Bea­cons­field head coach Tat­ter­sall, when he was a stu­dent at RGS High Wy­combe.

He was also head coach at Chin­nor when Tat­ter­sall was a player there, and the two will now come head to head as ri­vals head coaches for the Bucks derby clash.

Tat­ter­sall said: “Dave has been a big part of my ca­reer, and I’ve tried to take some­thing from ev­ery coach I have worked with. We also did some coach­ing to­gether for the Wasps com­mu­nity team.

“Ayles­bury are one of the pre­sea­son favourites, but lost their open­ing game on Satur­day. They will have a point to prove, but the pres­sure will be on them.”

Bea­cons­field started their own sea­son with a low-scor­ing 14-5 win over Swin­don Col­lege Old Boys, thanks to a Jack Beard try, which he con­verted him­self, and a Con­nor O’Brian ef­fort which was also con­verted.

Tat­ter­sall said: “We played well in patches, but we were also rusty at times and lacked com­po­sure. It was al­most as if the lads were too ex­cited about be­ing back play­ing rugby again.”

Be­fore the game, Bea­cons­field’s new club­house ex­ten­sion was

CHEERS: (Above) The open­ing of the new club­house and (right) Jack Beard runs for the posts of­fi­cially opened by the town’s mayor, and for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional Hugo South­well.

Di­rec­tor of rugby Noel O’Ma­hony said: “We have got big plans for it, with live bands and so on. Hope­fully we will have a team on the pitch to match our fa­cil­i­ties off it, but it’s early days yet and small steps.”

How­ever, it was not such a good open­ing day for fel­low South­ern Coun­ties North side Drifters, who went down 39-7 in their derby at Mar­low, and the pain was made worse with a dis­lo­cated shoul­der for Olly Ash­ton. The Farn­ham Com­mon side were only 15-7 down at the break, hav­ing an­swered two early Mar­low tries with a Rob Wills try, but their hosts ran away with it af­ter the break.

Drifters host newly-pro­moted Read­ing Abbey on Satur­day.

Photos by Jon Mikol BE155499

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