Tattersall’s looking to build on steady start
Beaconsfield boss now takes on his former mentor
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