BEACONSFIELD RFC might have been denied their Bucks derbies by an RFU restructure in the summer, but they’ll get their chance to shine this weekend.
After winning promotion to South West 1 East last year, they were quickly shifted into London 1 North before a ball was kicked, robbing them of money-spinning, chest-beating games with the likes of Marlow and Wycombe.
Tomorrow though, their hour arrives.
They host Marlow in the Bucks Cup and it’s not a game either side it taking lightly.
Marlow have already made their position clear with coach John Brodley recently describing the competition in these pages as a ‘priority’ and potential ‘catalyst’.
And the same is true for Beaconsfield.
Coach Allan Greene said: “Marlow are on a hiding to nothing. They’ve been competing at this level for ever and expect to beat us. We’ve always been paupers to Marlow.
“But we’ve got nothing to lose. We’ll be taking it seriously and want to go out there and give a good account of ourselves.”
Beaconsfield might start as slight underdogs, but their chances have improved massively in the past few weeks.
They lost seven games in a row before discovering the right formula at Romford and on Saturday they backed that win up with a 34-16 victory at Rochford.
Alex Cannon, Matt Morgan and Dom Jones all raced over in the first half before James Turner wrapped up the try bonus in the last minute.
Paul Trendell added 14 points off the tee, but Greene puts Beaconsfield’s revival down to their fourth try-scorer.
He said: “There has been a turnaround since James Turner returned from abroad.
“He’s been a mainstay of the team and taken line-outs to a different level.
“We’ve upped our game since he’s come back into the fold. The forwards have upped stepped up and given us parity and if we get that, our backs are better than most.”