Bea­cons­field take a de­fen­sive stance in bid to save ground

Club’s fans pledge their sup­port to the cause

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to club pres­i­dent Mike Wood.

He said: “There’s been some huge sup­port for our protests lo­cally and if the amount of peo­ple who said they would write in did so, it will have been a very pos­i­tive re­sponse. It’s very much a ‘maybe’ rather than a ‘will be’, but it’s al­ways good to get your re­sponse in first.

“South Bucks is an area which hasn’t been built on for a long time, and they have high­lighted var­i­ous ar­eas. One such pocket of land runs from Holt­spur, be­tween the A40 and M40, and swings round to the Bea­cons­field Round­about, so would in­clude all of the rugby club and cricket club.

“They would prob­a­bly look at Iver and Princess Ris­bor­ough first, but we strongly be­lieve that it’s in the in­ter­est of the club and the town it­self that the land ei­ther side of Wind­sor En End stays within the green belt an and con­tin­ues to pro­vide a spo sport­ing fa­cil­ity for lo­cal adults an and chil­dren.”

B Bea­cons­field have both a th thriv­ing se­nior sec­tion, with four pl play­ing sides, and youth sec­tion, which in­cludes 14 play­ing sides fr from U6s up­wards.

Their home was also used last week as a train­ing venue for the tour­ing US Navy Rugby Academy, who are play­ing a num­ber of games in the UK this month.

Bea­cons­field them­selves were not in ac­tion this week­end, but will be back with a tough home game against South­ern Coun­ties North cham­pi­ons­e­lect Read­ing Abbey this Satur­day.

A 19-12 de­feat at Mar­low in their last out­ing ended any lin­ger­ing pro­mo­tion hopes for Bea­cons­field, but they still have a good chance of a top three fin­ish. Wood added: “We haven’t had a big enough squad to re­ally go for pro­mo­tion, and if we did go up we wouldn’t stay up. It’s more about con­sol­i­dat­ing and per­haps giv­ing it a push next year.”

In the same divi­sion, mean­while, neigh­bours Drifters also re­turn to ac­tion this Satur­day with an away game at Bletch­ley, look­ing to pick up the points they des­per­ately need to es­cape the drop.

Oak Lodge Mead­ows has been ear­marked for hous­ing

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