Bea­cons­field’s 2016 pro­mo­tion bid off to a poor start

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BEA­CONS­FIELD RFC face a tough task this week­end to make sure their pro­mo­tion hopes do not go up in smoke.

The South­ern Coun­ties North side started the new year sit­ting con­fi­dently in third place, but were beaten 22-0 at home by the team im­me­di­ately above them, Ayles­bury, on Satur­day.

That drub­bing saw them slip to fifth, and it will not get any eas­ier this week­end when they travel to third-placed Bices­ter, al­though only three points sep­a­rate the sides.

They will want to show more power in the scrum than against Ayles­bury, a fac­tor which helped de­cide the game in the vis­i­tors’ favour. Ayles­bury, as ex­pected, be­gan strongly, but much of the first half con­sisted of each team push­ing the other back, and then kick­ing out of their 22.

But when Bea­cons­field found them­selves de­fend­ing a scrum on their line, it was an omi­nous move for the hosts so close to their touch line, and Ayles­bury used the scrum for their first push over try on the half hour.

Bea­cons­field con­tin­ued to hold out un­til Ayles­bury again used their heav­ier pack, try­ing to push over close to the line, and were even­tu­ally awarded a penalty, which they con­verted.

Ten min­utes into the se­cond half, the vis­i­tors got a penalty try on the right hand side of the posts, and play con­tin­ued mainly in the Bea­cons­field half, with Ayles­bury us­ing their heav­ier pack where pos­si­ble.

Un­daunted, the home side at­tacked, get­ting close to the Ayles­bury line but un­able to go over, and soon af­ter, Ayles­bury gained their se­cond penalty try to seal the game.

Mean­while, in the same divi­sion, Drifters were due to play league lead­ers Read­ing Abbey but the game was calld off and has been re­ar­ranged for Fe­bru­ary 27. They will visit Stowon-the-Wold this Satur­day.

Bea­cons­field lose against Ayles­bury

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