A FIVE-TRY haul, including a hat-trick for Johnny Nixon, plus a 16-point, near faultless kicking display by Dan McNally, put paid to Daventry’s fiery attempt to gain revenge for their recent Lewis Shield defeat.
From the kick off, Daventry made their intentions clear by a display of controlled aggression both in attack and defence.
Buckby hardly got into Daventry’s half in the first quarter, having to withstand wave after wave of forceful running.
But withstand it they did, and on 25 minutes Dan McNally put over a penalty as Buckby explored the Daventry 22 area for the first time. With the home side gaining strength whil Daventry began to wilt, a sustained forward-dominated attack allowed the three quarters to speed Johnny Nixon on his way for his first try. McNally duly converted.
He kicked another penalty after 48 minutes, only for Buckby to make a mistake and allow the Daventry Number eight to ping one back on 50 minutes.
After the break, with Daventry now struggling, good handling from Dave Beveridge and Matthew Gibbs, put Simon Dixon over.
Buckby forwards were now becoming quite rampant as a unit, with all contributing strongly.
Gibbo was next on the score sheet after Jake Toseland brilliantly tackled the Daventry full back and forced a Buckby scrum from five metres after an inch-perfect kick from McNally.
With the three quarters of Hughes, Toseland, Flynn and Dixon operating as extra back row players and flinging themselves into every tackle a Daventry comeback seemed highly unlikely, even though they raised their tempo again for 10 minutes.
The bonus point try was created by a wonderful display of multi-skills from Tim Dixon and Jake Toseland which added to Johnny Nixon’s tally.
As the game neared its end, and with the injury count growing rapidly, both sides had to replace players regularly, and when Johnny Nixon scored a disputed try at the death, Daventry were reduced by injuries and a red card to 12 men.
Both sides came off battered and beaten but knowing that it was only half time really, because they meet again in Daventry on Saturday.
Hopefully, the injured will recover by then.
Man of the match for Long Buckby was Johnny Nixon.