Beaconsfield take on familiar face to ‘spice up’ derby day
Former coach now plying trade at Aylesbury
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)