Bea­cons­field take on fa­mil­iar face to ‘spice up’ derby day

Former coach now ply­ing trade at Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

BEA­CONS­FIELD RFC will come up against a fa­mil­iar face on Satur­day when they take on South­ern Coun­ties North pro­mo­tion hope­fuls Aylesbury.

Former Wasps and Northamp­ton player and Wasps coach John Lamb­den, who was last season coach­ing at Bea­cons­field, left over the summer to take up a sim­i­lar role at Aylesbury.

He has been re­placed at Oak Lodge Meadow by James Cath­cart, who played along­side head coach Si­mon Tat­ter­sall at Chin­nor.

Tat­ter­sall said: “We’re look­ing for­ward to com­ing up against John. It will add a bit more spice to derby day, but he left with our best wishes. It will be a mas­sive game for us against a side who have fin­ished sec­ond three years in a row and will be among the favourites again.

“We re­placed Jon with James Cath­cart, who was an out­stand­ing fly half at Chin­nor and who coached the Ox­ford­shire county team.

“He’s brought a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence into the back line.

“We are try­ing to ex­pand our game and score more points and hope­fully he will help us with that, but we have to take care of the fun­da­men­tals first.”

That, Tat­ter­sall feels, is what let Bea­cons­field down in their season’s-opener, a 20-15 de­feat at Thatcham on Satur­day, in which tries from Todd Mor­gan and Gerry Goss, plus a Goss penalty and a Joseph Brawn con­ver­sion, were not enough.

Bea­cons­field could have stole it late on when Drew Labri had a try chalked off after his foot strayed into touch, but Tat­ter­sall ad­mits it would have been more than his side de­served.

He added: “We got what we de­served for a rub­bish first half per­for­mance. We have to win the phys­i­cal bat­tle at the breakdown and, as a con­se­quence of not do­ing so, we were chas­ing the game. We fought in the sec­ond half, but our ill dis­ci­pline had al­ready cost us, and we were lucky to get a los­ing bonus point in the end. It wouldn’t have been a fair re­flec­tion if Drew’s try had stood, but it shows char­ac­ter that we can play that badly and still al­most win.”

Drifters RFC, rel­e­gated from South­ern Coun­ties North last season, got off to a los­ing start back in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Pre­mier, go­ing down 18-16 at Hunger­ford, but in the same divi­sion, Che­sham won 13-5 at Slough. They host Alch­ester this Satur­day, while Drifters welcome Phoenix.

In and out: James Cath­cart (above) re­placed John Lamb­den (left)

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