LONG BUCKBY RUGBY: Neots beaten as Bucks maintain title charge

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Long Buckby’s title charge in Midlands Four East (South) shows no signs of easing up following this 35-25 win at rivals St Neots.

The Cambridgeshire side had only lost one game all season before Saturday, but Buckby emerged 35-25 winners after a huge battle.

It is a measure of how far the Bucks have come this season, that some of the players were disappointed with their performance in this game.

Buckby started well, and after an Andrew Frankland penalty gave them the lead, Ed Sitch scored the first try of the game to make it 8-0 after 13 minutes.

St Neots hit back strongly with a coverted try, and it was 8-7.

Eight minutes before the break, Neots were 12-8 ahead after another try, but Buckby were back in front before the break, Frankland converting after a try from centre Luke Foster to make it 15-12.

St Neots did level with a penalty, before another successful slot from Frankland ensured Buckby went in at the interval 18-15 ahead.

Buckby couldn’t have wished for a better start to the second half as they scored their third try.

From a ruck, Richard Ryan fed Jake Toseland who in turn handed the ball to Tim Dixon who crashed through under the posts. The conversion made by Frankland and the score was 25-15.

Another Frankland penalty and another from St Neots made it 28-18, and Buckby were looking pretty comfortable.

But they were soon under serious pressure when a pass was intercepted and the home side took advantage to claim their third try.

The successful conversion meant Buckby only led 28-25 with 20 minutes remaining.

Luckily for Bucks, Neots missed a penalty that would have levelled the scores, and the visitors began to get on top up front.

A spell of pressure saw the Buckby eight drive on and they released Tim Dixon for a try that was close enough to the posts to make the kick a formality for Frankland and make the scored 35-25.

Team v St Neots: Ollie Sitch, Tim Dixon, Tom Haynes,Fred Saunders, Sam Evans, Tom Illingworth Jake Roseland, Andrew Frankland, Richard Ryan, Alex Valentine, Simon Dixon, Luke Foster, James Hare, Ed Sitch, Jonny Nixon. Replacements: Ross McPhillips, Mike Kemp, Fergus Murray, Ben Walton, Nick Dixon

Man of the Match: Sam Evans

Scorers: Tries - Ed Sitch, Luke Foster, Jake Toseland, Tim Dixon. Cons - Andrew Frankland (3). Pens - Andrew Frankland (3)