MEN’S RUGBY: Sitch scores hat-trick as Buckby recover from shaky start

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Long Buckby recovered from a shaky start to beat Aylestone Athletic and stay top of Midlands Division Four East (South).

In very windy conditions it was Aylestone who got the better start.

They were first to score with a try from the five-metre line, and although an Ed Sitch try brought the scores level Aylestone nudged back in front with an interception try from their full-back.

This sparked Buckby into action and their pack proved stronger.

Andrew Tarplee was dominant in the line out and Tom Illingworth, Ben Walton, Andrew Frankland and Sam Evans all made good carries.

Sitch popped up again for his second try, this time converted by Ryan Clarke and by half-time Nathan Maddox, Doug Burroughs, Ben Walton, Andrew Tarplee and Sitch again had all gone over the white wash.

Two more conversions made the half-time score 41-12 to Buckby.

Playing into the wind the second half was going to be more difficult for Bucks, but it started brightly with Jake Toseland scoring in the corner and then, after a break from Burroughs, carried on by Frankland, Fergus Murray and Tim Dixon it was second row Evans who joined the other scorers.

Another Clarke kick made it 53-12.

The game ended with tries for Buckby from Illingworth and Dixon, both converted by Clarke, but Aylestone remained determined throughout and replied with seven points of their own to make the final score 67-19.

This Saturday Long Buckby are back on home soil when they host Bedford Swifts (ko 2.15pm).

Buckby team: Tim Lewis, Tim Dixon, Tom Haynes, Andrew Tarplee, Sam Evans, Andrew Frankland, Tom Illingworth, Ben Walton, Doug Burroughs, Ryan Clarke, Nick Dixon, Nathan Maddox, James Hare, Jake Toseland, Ed Sitch

Replacements: Fred Saunders, Fergus Murray

Scorers: Tries - Ed Sitch (3) Nathan Maddox, Doug Burroughs, Ben Walton, Andrew Tarplee, Jake Toseland, Sam Evans, Tom Illingworth, Tim Dixon. Cons - Ryan Clarke (6); Man of the match - Andrew Tarplee

DAVENTRY men scored their third win of the season in some style, as they hammered Biggleswade 83-9 in MIdlands Three East (South).

The win sees the All Blacks move up to fifth in the table, while Biggleswade remain rock-bottom.

This Saturday Daventry are on the road when they go to Northampton Casuals (ko 2..15pm).