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Beaconsfield angered by Basildon postponement
BEACONSFIELD RFC are hoping for good news from the Rugby Football Union.
Their crunch relegation fixture at Basildon was postponed by the hosts on Saturday and Beaconsfield hope that because it was already a rearranged fixture, they will be handed the points automatically.
Head coach Allan Greene said: “It can’t be rearranged again. When we played Eton Manor we were told by the League in no uncertain terms that it had to be played on that day, whatever pitch we found.”
Greene is hoping that Basildon’s inability to find a suitable alternative will count against them.
He said: “They said the puddles on their pitch were frozen, but games close to them all went ahead.
“And our pitch was fine. We took pictures and a video of us driving a fork into the pitch to prove it.
“But they refused to come here. They said it was too late to travel.
“We immediately phoned the League representative and he couldn’t believe it.
“But we could’ve gone to Maidenhead and played on their plastic pitch at 7pm, they’ve got lights.
“It’s all in the League’s hands now. I’ve got no idea which way they’ll go but I would rather be in our shoes than theirs.”
Both teams are scrapping near the foot of London 1 North, with Greene admitting that Beaconsfield will go down if they don’t get them – either on the pitch or through a ruling.
Greene said: “We were all ready to go on Saturday, we were on the back of two wins and full of confidence.
“Now I’ll take a win whatever way it comes, whether it’s through a committee or not.”
Next Saturday they go to Luton, who are sixth.
Greene said: “They are one of the better sides we’ve played, but we are confident we can get something out of the game.”