Goode gets his response from players

Jack Briggs gets away for Banbury Bulls at Beaconsfield. Photo: Simon Grieve
Jack Briggs gets away for Banbury Bulls at Beaconsfield. Photo: Simon Grieve

Head coach Matt Goode admitted he had to read the riot act at halftime to get the right response from his players for the second half at Beaconsfield.

Banbury Bulls overturned the halftime deficit to beat Beaconsfield 38-19 in Saturday’s Wadworth 6X South West One East fixture to make it back-to-back wins on the road. Newly-promoted Marlow managed to draw with Bulls last season and Goode did not want his side to make the same mistake against Beaconsfield.

We were below par in the first half, we were second best in the ruck

Bulls head coach Matt Goode

Goode said: “It shows how far we’ve come on, the boys have another year under their belts and they’re all a little bit older and a little bit wiser. Last season, who knows it might have been another draw but they got it done in the second half.

“I think the difference was the way we played, the way we know this league and how to win games. We were in Beaconsfield’s position a couple years ago and its hard.

“I gave the boys a stiff telling off at halftime. I made a couple changes which could have been unpopular, changing scrum halves helped mix things up a bit.

“We were below par in the first half, we were second best in the ruck. We didn’t get out the starting blocks and that’s something we’ll be focusing on in training.”

Goode will be looking for Jimmy Manley to maintain his impressive start to the season.

He said: “My man of the match, to be fair he has been in both matches, is Jimmy Manley. He was class, he didn’t stop working, made some great runs, and made some great tackles.”

Bulls return home on Saturday when they entertain Chippenham and Goode is looking forward to turning out at the DCS Stadium for the first time this season.

Bulls have played four games on the spin on the road and added: “It will be great to be back home. The pitch will be ready, we’ll be running out in our new kit and there will be a buzz about it.

“We know how Chippenham will play and we’ll be focusing on how we can try to beat them. To have as much support as possible would be amazing.”