Tattersall – ‘Beaconsfield are not good enough to go up yet’
Head coach admitted defeat in promotion bid following loss in derby
Buckingham and drop to fourth place in Southern Counties North.
With leaders Reading Abbey blazing a trail to the title, the race is on for the single play-off place up for grabs in second, where Aylesbury have nine points on Beaconsfield.
Tattersall said: “We’re not good enough at the moment to go up, which is underlined by our league position. We were always outsiders, but we’re developing for next year, and a top four finish would be a good return.
“Against Marlow we had periods of sustained pressure but couldn’t turn it into points. It’s a double swing, as they were buzzing from their defensive work and we struggled to get in behind them.
“That’s what killed us, but we will come back better. We also had a big advantage at the set piece but didn’t take it, which was naïve on our part.”
Beaconsfield had taken the lead through a Drew Labri try, but two penalties gave Marlow a narrow half time lead, which they extended with two tries after the break.
The visitors looked to have missed their chance for a comeback when Ken Kavanagh was held up over the line, but Kavanagh made sure with his next effort, with Dan Wilson converting, but it was too little too late.
Next up for Beaconsfield, after a blank weekend coming up, is what Tattersall described as a ‘huge test’ – a home game against champions-elect Reading Abbey.
They then see their season out against three teams battling relegation and so could do neighbours Drifters, who are also fighting the drop, a big favour.
Meanwhile, the club are urging supporters and members to write to South Bucks District Council regarding their 30 year development plan, which may involve houses being built on land used by the club at their ground, in Windsor End Road.
Comments can be emailed to email@example.com, with an online response form at http:// www.chiltern.gov.uk/planning/ localplan2014-2036/responseform, but must be received by 5pm on Monday.
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