Buckby take control

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PUTTING the loss of their last league game behind them, Buckby resumed their winning ways with a demolition of their opponents.

Man of the match Ben Thomas scored four tries and five conversions in his first full first team game for four years.

Using the plentiful supply of ball from the Buckby pack, the three quarters threw the ball about and provided Thomas with his first two tries in the first 10 minutes.

Long range clearing kicks and the gale force wind combined to keep Buckby at bay for another 15 minutes until Thomas completed his hat-trick under the posts. He converted.

Swifts put pressure on the Buckby line and on the stroke of half-time, Adam Foster was yellow-carded but the home side could not capitalise.

With the breeze in the second-half, it only took five minutes for Thomas to get his fourth score which he converted. Captain DeejFair, along with Gibbo and Timmy Dixon, were outstanding in a dominant pack and it was only five minutes more until Adrian Flynn raced through to touch down. Thomas converted. Throughout the game, the Swifts’ props were under considerable pressure and when one of them was yellow-carded it resulted in uncontested scrums which nullified Buckby’s dominance.

But ruthless rucking and penetrating runs allowed Johnny Nixon and Simon Oakey to complete the scoring. For the last 10 minutes Buckby were again one man down when Titch Ryan was yellow-carded for a perceived dangerous tackle. Buckby created dozens of scoring chances during the match and were frustrated to be confined to seven scores, but still retain their lead in the league with a game in hand. Ben Thomas was deservedly man of the match.

On the previous Wednesday, the Lewis Shield team scored 15 tries in their demolition of Northampton Casuals in a 98-0 win with Adam Foster claiming man of the match.

Next Buckby take on Old Leamingtonians in the Senior Vase.

LONG Buckby Seconds 33 Daventry Thirds 12

In a gale force wind Daventry won the toss and opted to play this derby up the hill against the elements.

As a result Buckby were able to start positively immediately pinning their opponents back in defence. It was not long before full-back Ben Gilbert, returning from injury, scored the opening try from a Ross Chesher off-load.

Pick of the back line was Ryan Clark opening up the Daventry defence with great footwork. From one such move he put Craig Darkes in for his second try and then scored a try of his own to take Buckby into a 19-0 lead.

The wind was creating problems for both sides and after Daventry fumbled in defence prop Jamie Ashby pounced on a loose ball to score the fourth try of the half with the conversion taking the score to 26-0.

Just before half-time Craig Darkes got his second try to help Bucks turn round 33-0 up.

The second half saw the roles reversed with Daventry using the breeze to press the attack and almost immediately they got their first try.

But Buckby did not panic and defended well even when one or two long kicks were not taken cleanly.

The opportunities to add further tries were few and far between with Ben Gilbert coming closest from a long-range break.

Daventry added one more score but Long Buckby ran out comfortable winners to remain equal top in the table with three games in hand over their closest rivals.

Man of the match was Ryan Clark.

Scorers: Tries: Craig Darkes (2), Jamie Ashby, Ben Gilbert and Ryan Clark. Cons: Jonny Palmer (4).