Beaconsfield League Success Continues
By Chris Summers
Beaconsfield 59-15 Thatcham
Mike Eagle Press Officer
The Beaconsfield success story in this seasons Southern County league rumbles on with a further win against the only team to beat them earlier in the season, albeit by one point. Thatcham were expected to be tough opposition but the home side filled with confidence played some enthralling open rugby running in a number of tries for the win and the bonus point. This takes them to 74 points, six clear of nearest opposition Buckingham.
With Beaconsfield pressuring from the start the first try came from Owain Griffith, converted by Matt Brown 7-0. They mounted a number of attacks making use of the two wings. Thatcham came back with a penalty from their fly half 7-3.
Thatcham pushed into the home side's 22 but allowed Beaconsfield the put in from a foul and the ball was sent well up field into their own 22. A subsequent injury then stopped the game.
Another possible Thatcham try was again stopped and Beaconsfield ran the ball back to half way. From the line out they opened it up on the right hand side with the wing Dan Cady going over for 12-3. Aled Lewis took his first conversion of the game 14-3. Beaconsfield repeated the move unfortunately this time a forward pass stopped play.
A Thatcham player then commented to the referee who then gave a 10 metre advantage to Beaconsfield allowing Aled Lewis to place the ball in a penalty kick right up to the 10 metre mark. Thatcham pushed forward again gaining a penalty which they then missed.
Next, the referee made a good decision when the ball came out the back of the scrum on the home side, with the right wing collecting and going over in the corner only to be fouled. The ref awarded a penalty try and gave the Thatcham player the yellow card 21-3 taking play to the end of the first half.
The second Half started and the ball went out to left winger Dru Labri and beating two defenders he went over in the left corner 26-3. The next try followed immediately, from a line out the push came on and Aled Lewis popped round on the blind side for his try 31-3.
The early spate of tries in the sound half seemed to have knocked the heart out of Thatcham as they moved into the third quarter.
Beaconsfield were now moving the ball left and right in the visitor's 22 and it was only an unlucky bounce that thwarted another try. Thatcham were being pushed back all the time now being forced to defend continuously.
Despite absorbing an uncomfortable amount of defending Thatcham broke from a scrummage in the home side's 22 getting the ball out to the left for their first try 31-8. The Beaconsfield backs having decided to attack again got the ball out to the centre Owain Griffiths who ran across the pitch to go under the post 38-8 with Aled converting.
Moving into the last quarter the next try was a classic backs move allowing the fly half to score and Aled convert 45-8. A further try from Dan Cady brought the score to 52-8 with Aled's conversion, leaving Thatcham quite demoralised despite all of their efforts.
The final try came from a ball to Dru on the wing, easily beating his man he flashed over 57-8 with Aled's final touch 59-8.
Then Thatcham's second yellow card came back on play then strangely went from their beleaguered line to Beaconsfield's for the final try 59-15.
A good well deserved win for Beaconsfield with a high standard of rugby and Thatcham can be satisfied at least with their 15 points from the game.