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Beaconsfield unimpressed with RFU verdict
BEACONSFIELD RFC are not impressed after being ordered by the RFU to replay their relegation fixture at Basildon a week tomorrow.
Beaconsfield were hoping to be awarded the points because RFU regulations stipulate that it is the home teams’ responsibility to make sure rearranged games are played on the set date.
However, Basildon said their pitch was frozen and then refused to travel to Beaconsfield when they said their pitch was playable.
Beaconsfield also suggested other alternatives, all of which were dismissed.
Head coach Allan Greene said: “I think they managed to get away with it. The RFU had told us there is no way you can replay a rearranged fixture, it has to be played on that day.
“But they said because this is a relegation fixture it is in the best interest of the sport to replay it.
“It’s a bit disappointing and we could appeal, but there is no point. We’ve just got to get on with it.”
The verdict means Beaconsfield now face a crux two-week period.
On Saturday they host bottom side Rochford Hundred before a trip a week later to second-from-bottom Basildon.
They will probably need to win both to stay up after losing 30-22 at Luton last weekend, when they matched their hosts for tries scored.
Greene said: “We scored three tries apiece but we missed a few kicks and they got theirs.
“It’s a shame not to even get a point when we both scored three tries.”
Alex Mair, Jack Beard and David Lewis went over in a losing cause.