Beaconsfield’s 2016 promotion bid off to a poor start
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