Buckby take charge

Long Buckby were in the driving seat in their home game against Northampton Casuals.
Long Buckby were in the driving seat in their home game against Northampton Casuals.

PUTTING their Alliance Cup defeat against an impressive Old Northamptonians firmly behind them, Buckby produced a 13-try spree to hold their league destiny in their own hands.

Going behind from a Casuals scrum shocked Buckby into grabbing the initiative after rejecting several opportunities to score from the kick off.

Captain, Deej Fair scored an individual try from the back row followed by Johnny Nixon in the corner.

With Johnny Hughes leaving the field with a sore shoulder, Ed Sitch moved to the centre and his clean break allowed Titch Ryan to race over.

Next Tom Evans scored his first and not to be outdone, Timmy Nixon broke through with a flourish and handed Matthew Gibbs the ball on the Casuals 22 who went past five defenders to score.

On half time Tom Evans scored his second after fluent three quarter running to give the home side a 36 points to eight lead at half-time.

Buckby carried on where they left off immediately after the break when Johnny Nixon picked up a pass off his toes from Deej Fair and touched down.

Two tries from Jake Toseland followed when firstly Phil Elliott stole the ball from a Casuals drive and secondly when Ian Tuckley broke through strongly. The 10th try came about when Johnny Nixon kicked ahead and pressurised the Casuals’ full-back to kick across the field into the arms of the ever alert Tom Evans who raced over.

Another break by the Buckby captain, to Titch Ryan, put Craig Mason over before Tom Evans scored his fourth under the posts after a storming run.

Casuals scored a deserved second try through their pack who preserved well throughout the game.

Dave Beveridge claimed the last try which was well earned after another compelling game from him.

Buckby go on tour next weekend to Whitley Bay, followed by the deciding league match against Old Newtonians at Buckby, with the league fate of both clubs still in the balance.

Man of the match was Ed Sitch. Tries: Tom Evans (4); Jake Toseland (2); Johnny Nixon (2); Deej Fair; Titch Ryan; Matthew Gibbs; Craig Mason; Dave Beveridge. Conversions Dan McNally (4); Ben Gilbert (3).

N’pton Casuals Thirds 0 Long Buckby Seconds 104

Buckby Seconds quickly overwhelmed the valiant home side’s effort.

In the pack players like Sam Evans, Andy White, George Matts, Adam Foster, Tim Lewis and Tom Haynes really stepped up and this allowed backs like Ryan Clark, Steve Cantrill and Craig Darkes to put pressure on the opposition.

Full Back Sam Clark topped the list of try scorers with five but seven other players got over the whitewash to complete a very satisfactory afternoon for Long Buckby.

Tries: Sam Clark (5), Tom Haynes (3), Sam Evans (2), Adam Foster (2), George Matts, Rob Cantrill, Craig Darkes, Jonny Palmer. Conversions: Jonny Palmer (12), Man of the match was George Matts.

Long Buckby U17 41

Ashby U17 12

The U17s playing on Sunday finished the season with a resounding win against Ashby RFC.