Battling Buckby take time to get back in their stride

Long Buckby Seconds powering their way to Market Harborough's try line
Long Buckby Seconds powering their way to Market Harborough's try line

THIS was the first match for weeks and it showed with both sides taking time to get into their stride.

Buckby got off to a dream start when centre Simon Dixon crashed over in the corner after five minutes.

Quick rucking from the forwards and good handling from the backs put him over, but Buckby had to wait another 30 minutes before Johnny Nixon scored.

Mens Own then kicked a lone penalty and Jack Keightley kicked two penalties and one conversion. The referee then awarded Buckby a penalty on the half way line.

Buckby did not get any advantage from it.

After the break the home side raised their game a little which allowed their forwards to bulldoze over for a converted try.

Buckby sought openings which created several good chances only for the last pass to go astray, until Ian Tuckley made a superb break to put in Titch Ryan.

By this time Mens Own had run out of steam and Matthew Gibbs scored the bonus point try in the last few minutes after an amazing 40-metre run. Jack Keightley kicked two more penalties.

The outstanding Blake Wintle was man of the match with Craig Mason, Jake Toseland and captain Deej Fair also catching the eye.

However, this was another game when the team ethics shone through and hard work in training was well rewarded.

Buckby are at home to Bedford Queens next week and play either Old Scouts or BBOB in the next round of the Alliance Cup.

Long Buckby Seconds 91 M Harborough Thirds 0

Buckby Seconds put in a strong performance after a month off to beat a shell- shocked Market Harborough third team.

The Buckby pack out muscled their opposition and dominated the set pieces throughout the match with good performances from the Foster brothers and Tonka Jr looking every bit as strong as his brother.

With clean, quick ball being won the backs made light work of running up the score sheet and with seven tries in the first half and 91 points in total this was a dominant display.

Credit must go to Market Harborough who stuck at it throughout the match and their discipline was exceptional.

At one point in the first-half they came close to scoring after several phases camped on the Buckby line.

But Buckby’s defence was resolute and after eventually repelling the attack they never looked back.

There were hat-tricks of tries for Luke Foster, Ben Thomas and Nathan Maddox who all had exceptional games.

Man of the match was Luke Foster.