LONG Buckby won last week’s derby showdown with near-neighbours Daventry in a gritty display of competitive rugby.
For the first 15 minutes of this highly competitive Lewis Shield game Daventry tried forward power in an attempt to break down the Buckby defence.
But wave after wave of rucks and drives came up against a brick wall of Buckby defiance.
When the 15 minutes were up and a Buckby relieving kick moved play to half way, Daventry were scoreless.
The rest of the half was stalemate with several penalty kicks from both sides missing their targets.
The second-half started the same way, with the Daventry midfield defence containing any Buckby attacks, but with the Buckby forwards gradually gaining dominance.
From one Buckby forward drive Daventry infringed and Adrian Flynn opened the scoring with a penalty.
This was quickly followed by a try when the Buckby centres broke free at last and with Ed Sitch on good form on the wing, he was put away to score out wide.
Buckby tried to attack from all quarters but again the Daventry team held firm until tremendous pressure from the Buckby back row and a charge down from Jake Toseland and Craig Mason, from which Mason accepted a ballooning ball and raced through to score by the posts.
More attacking football followed and Buckby completed their scoring when Jake Toseland went over.
The final score was a well-worked try in the corner by the powerful Daventry winger.