Uxbridge end season with proud showing against Beaconsfield
Uxbridge put in a performance to be proud of against a strong Beaconsfield side
Uxbridge made the short trip down the A40 to Beaconsfield in an end of season friendly. With the league done and dusted, the team were looking to put in a performance to finish this season on a high and to act as a basis to build on for next year.
In somewhat warm conditions, the home side in green and gold came out of the traps hard in the opening exchanges and through a mixture controlling the breakdown, hard running and an impressive offload game opened up an unanswered three try lead.
This initial onslaught whirred the visitors into action and with scrum half Ollie Seward, Nick Guy and Simon Batts conducting the attack forwards Dan Tillyer, Jake Lamport, James Herriotts and Adam Jenkins managed to get their hands on the ball and take the game to Beaconsfield.
Uxbridge spent a good while camped in the Beaconsfield half and evasive running from wingers Stefan Manners and Michael De Jager almost opened Uxbridge’s account albeit denied from some good defensive work from the hosts.
In the sweltering heat the half time whistle was certainly welcome and instead of the usual rallying call from coach Ron Matthews and John Porter Griffiths, welsh windbag Adam Jenkins stepped up and delivered his own ‘We’ll fight them on the beaches’ style team talk to send the troops out into the second half.
He will no doubt claim it paid dividends, as Uxbridge took the game to Beaconsfield and after good work from Lamport, Isaac Williams, Alex Clamp and Niall McLoughlin the ball found its way out to the fullback to race over the line. Nick Guy added the extras to get Uxbridge up and running.
Beaconsfield replied with a couple of tries of their own through a combination of their pacey wingers and slick handling to find the gaps in the Uxbridge defence that had opened as they tired in the heat.
As the final stages, Uxbridge found a second wind to come out and siege the Beaconsfield line one last time. Nick Guy worked the line well with successive penalties and the firm base of Kevin Thomas and Mcloughlin set up some good lineout drives with flanker Isaac Williams making a guest appearance back in the pack adding power and mobility.
Guy put a kick through to the Beaconsfield 5 metre line and superb work from Jake Lamport to close down the host’s fullback yielded a penalty. Ollie Seward lifted to Mark Coles, who in his infinite wisdom thought it would be a good idea to run at the sizeable Beaconsfield front five before recycling to Nick Guy to force his way over the line.
In tough conditions, against a well drilled side, this was a performance everyone who took part can be proud of and take into next week’s tour to Valencia and next season. Final score Beaconsfield 33, Uxbridge 12.