Battling Buckby stick to the task in hand

Long Buckby prop Dave Beveridge ably assisted by Blake Wintle driving towards Brackley Firsts' try line.
Long Buckby prop Dave Beveridge ably assisted by Blake Wintle driving towards Brackley Firsts' try line.

LONG Buckby were stuck in the mire for the first quarter, unable to escape the mud, the whistle and an invigorated home side who quickly went into a six-point lead with two penalties.

However, when Buckby were eventually allowed to play their familiar linking game they proved too powerful for the home side.

Adrian Flynn closed the gap with a penalty on 20 minutes followed by the try of the game when the forwards magnificently drove 25 metres up field to enable Adam Foster to claim the try.

Now with their tails up Buckby moved up a gear with Adrian Flynn crossing over after quick movement of the ball by backs and forwards. Brackley kicked three more points before Flynn scored again and kicked the points on the stroke of half time.

Turning round in rapidly deteriorating conditions, Buckby kept up the pace and decisive play by centres Johnny Hughes and Simon Dixon soon put Johnny Nixon over for his 20th try of the season.

Strong scrummaging from Dave Beveridge and Tonka, an imperious line-out and good control from Matthew Gibbs continued the pressure.

Titch Ryan then set up a move which saw Adrian Flynn crash over for his hat-trick. He converted.

After 35 minutes and more powerful forward play Timmy Dixon was driven over for a converted try just after Johnny Nixon had the ball slip out of his hands when diving for the line.

With a six-try bonus point win and good games from Sam Evans and new boy Ross Chesher, Buckby can take great encouragement and looking forward to their Lewis Shield game against Daventry away on Tuesday and the Senior Vase against Newbold away on Saturday.

Man of the match was Matthew Gibbs.

Brackley Seconds 10

Long Buckby Seconds 50

Buckby Seconds extended their unbeaten run in the league with a comprehensive away win at Brackley.

The overnight rain made conditions extremely difficult but Buckby forwards soon gained the upper hand and used short offloads to punch holes in the Brackley defence.

Fly-half Ryan Clark used the ball to bring centres Ed Sitch and Craig Darkes into the game and when Rob Cantrill was put into touch just short of the Brackley line, second row Fred Saunders stole the opposition line-out and sent prop Jamie Ashby over for the opening try. Buckby’s other prop Tom Haynes scored the second try soon afterwards.

The Brackley eight had no answer to the power of a Long Buckby scrum given extra impetus with prop Tim Lewis playing in the second row and in the loose the back row of Richard Wood, Dan Burton, and Rob Absolom were winning plenty of possession.

In the next 20 minutes Buckby ran in four more tries courtesy of Ed Sitch, Jonny Palmer, Tim Lewis and Rob Cantrill and three kicks from Palmer made the half-time score 36-0.

Territorially Buckby’s domination continued in the second-half but up hill and with the pitch rapidly disintegrating getting over the line proved more difficult.

Ben Gilbert came closest before Fred Saunders broke the second-half deadlock breaking through on the 22 and going in under the posts.

This was quickly followed by Ed Sitch’s second of the day and two more good strikes from Palmer made it 50-0.

To Brackley’s credit they stuck with it and Buckby conceded two late tries to make the final score 50-10. Man of the match was Tim Lewis.

Scorers: Tries Jamie Ashby, Tom Haynes, Jonny Palmer, Rob Cantrill, Tim Lewis, Ed Sitch (2) and Fred Saunders.

Cons: Jonny Palmer (5).