BEACONSFIELD suffered a first defeat at home this season in South West One East after a 52-17 loss to league leaders Banbury on Saturday, writes Michael Eagle.

Banbury are a well-balanced team with a strong set of forwards which Beaconsfield found hard to contain in numerous attacks on their young and committed, but inexperienced side.

The visitors took the lead with a converted try in the first few minutes, before the home team responded with a penalty kick from Aled Lewis midway through the first half.

Beaconsfield continued with a further attack through the middle and, with some good interplay, Johney Baxter went over the line, Lewis converting, for a 10-7 advantage.

The following move and score came from a short grubber kick. Lewis and a Banbury back went for the ball but an unfortunate bounce let the visiting attacker in for an easy touch down.

Dru was next to score for Beaconsfield after a delightful pass from Baxter on the left allowed him to go under the posts Lewis finished the move with another perfect kick, taking the home side to a 17-12 lead.

Banbury however were determined to reinstate their advantage and forced their forwards over the line to take the score to 19-17 in favour of the visitors at the break.

The second half began, as expected, with a well-worked try across the field from the away team. Banbury then followed it up with an identical move to increase the lead to 33-17.

A timely move with the Banbury fly-half chipping the ball out to the right wing for a quick opportunity to take the try then took the advantage to 40-17.

With 30 minutes still to play, Beaconsfield had to dig in and try to hold the visitors.

Banbury however added to the score with a reenactment from the first half, a lovely chip from the fly-half to right wing wing perfectly placed for another try.

The away side managed one more try in the dying moment of the game to secure a good win with the bonus point.

The defeat leaves Beaconsfield in 12th position in the league table ahead of a trip to seventh-placed Buckingham this Saturday (3pm).