Sitch and Foster double up as Buckby swamp battling Stamford

GOTCHA! - action from Daventry's 52-17 win over Brackley last weekend (Pictures: Ian Spencer)
GOTCHA! - action from Daventry's 52-17 win over Brackley last weekend (Pictures: Ian Spencer)

Ed Sitch and Luke Foster both scored two tries as Long Buckby stormed to a 63-0 win over Stamford in Midlands East Four (South).

The scoreline did slightly flatter Buckby though, as Stamford played well and deserved to at least get themselves on the scoreboard.

Daventry Rugby FC v Brackley'Daventry Rugby Club, Stefen Hill, Daventry

Daventry Rugby FC v Brackley'Daventry Rugby Club, Stefen Hill, Daventry

Buckby had the wind at the backs in the first half and broke the deadlock through a Johnny Nixon try, which was converted by Andrew Frankland.

Stamford responded well, and were just feet away from scoring themselves, only to be denied by a brilliant tackle from Ben Walton.

To add insult to injury, from the subsequent breakdown, there was a slick pick up by Frankland. He fed Walton who made good ground before releasing James Hare to skin the opposition and score out wide to make it 12-0.

Stamford again hit back, but again Buckby held out, and when they broke they scored again through Frankland, who converted his own try to make it 19-0.

Daventry Rugby FC v Brackley'Daventry Rugby Club, Stefen Hill, Daventry

Daventry Rugby FC v Brackley'Daventry Rugby Club, Stefen Hill, Daventry

Buckby were now starting to realise that the key to dominance was to keep the ball away from the Stamford forwards and to take them on in the backs.

Sitch soon put this plan into action with a blistering run up the right wing, drawing the defence and deftly passing inside to Walton to score and it was 24-0

Sitch’s selflessness was rewarded after the restart when he made a fine cross-field run to evade capture and score a try of his own to bring the score to 29-0 which is how it stayed until half-time.

Buckby made three changes for the second half and wasted no time in opening up the scoring courtesy of a try from Richard Ryan. Further tries followed for Timmy Dixon and Sitch.

Daventry Rugby FC v Brackley'Daventry Rugby Club, Stefen Hill, Daventry

Daventry Rugby FC v Brackley'Daventry Rugby Club, Stefen Hill, Daventry

Foster, now at full back, managed a try under the posts which, with Frankland’s conversion, brought the score to 51-0.

With 10 minutes to go, a mid-field breakdown saw Nick Dixon emerge at speed for a solo effort under the posts. Score now 58-0.

One last try from Foster left Buckby the winners.

The report of a match like this inevitably reads like a name check for the many try scorers, but the unsung heroes were, without doubt, the Buckby forwards who repeatedly rescued their team from well inside their own 22 where they simply should not have been.

Scorers: Tries: Jonny Nixon, James Hare, Andrew Frankland, Ben Walton, Richard Ryan, Tim Dixon, Ed Sitch (2), Luke Foster (2), Nick Dixon. Cons: Andrew Frankland (4)

DAVENTRY ALL BLACKS

Alfie Such scored two tries as Daventry’s Development XV continued their run of good form with a 32-0 win at Brackley IIs.

The win particularly impressive as Daventry travelled with a much-changed side due to some last-minute call-offs.

Daventry were looking to repeat their recent successes and started the game brightly against a much heavier and more experienced Brackley team.

The wet conditions made the ball difficult to control, but once again the Daventry three-quarters attacked with passion and made good ground at every attempt.

Good runs by Jack Gwilliam and Ollie Haynes were eventually rewarded when Trevor burrowed his way to the line under a pile of defenders.

This was converted by Will Robb who also slotted a penalty before the break for a 10-0 lead.

Before half time Brackley rallied strongly and used their experience to smother the young Daventry back line and keep the ball in their forwards’ hands.

This strategy worked for 10 minutes and Daventry had to defend their line against numerous attacks eventually being saved by the whistle.

This gave Daventry the time they needed to re group and turning around at the break they had a small wind advantage.

Flanker Jamie Collins was a constant thorn in the side of the Brackley attack and scrum-half Dan McCallion was distributing the ball very well.

This enabled stand-off Dave Brown to vary the attack and was rewarded when a superb cross field kick was gathered effortlessly by wing Ollie Haynes who raced to the line to score under the posts.

Will Robb with the conversion.

The Daventry forwards, who were led through a sticky patch by a rampant Russ Welch and set up opportunities for aspiring winger Alfie Such ,who weaved his way to the line for two tries.

Robb converted and also claimed a penalty to take his tally to 12 points.

DAVENTRY’s first team were 52-17 winners over Brackley in their Midlands Three East (South) showdown at Stefen Hill on Saturday.

It was the All Blacks’ first win since December 7.

This Saturday Daventry travel to Vipers.