BUCKBY were made to work hard to overcome a side who were so pleased to negate as much of Buckby’s attacking verve as they could.
Buckby played up the slope with the breeze and found the visitors’ containment tactics difficult to overcome butthey should have scored when clear overlaps went begging three times.
Time after time they were thwarted until a good classical flowing move from the backs provided Ed Sitch with a well-taken try in the corner.
This was the only score of the half.
Now playing downhill, Buckby started well but from one flowing move the ball was intercepted by a Rushden centre who was eventually run down, threw a wild pass and the ball was cleared, much to the relief of Buckby.
As the final quarter appeared and Buckby’s frustration grew, the prospect of a bonus point win was getting dim but a brilliant break by Titch Ryan and a storming finish from Matthew Gibbs showed the Buckby players had other ideas.
With 10 minutes left another powerful Buckby scrum gave Deej Fair the platform to make a speedy break and hand the ball to a grateful Ian Tuckley who raced over by the posts. Dan McNally converted.
Buckby then went for the jugular and claimed the points in the last five minutes when Phil Elliott touched down for a pushover try. McNally converted from the touchline.
This leaves Buckby with two league games left as well as the small matter of an Alliance final against ONs as well as tour games at Easter and at least one Lewis Shield match.
Man of the match was Johnny Hughes.
Tries: Ed Sitch, Matthew Gibbs, Ian Tuckley, Phil Elliott, Conversions: Dan McNally (2).