Long Buckby scored seven tries as they returned to form with a bang on Saturday, hammering Northampton Boys Brigade Old Boys 41-15 in Midlands Three East South.
With both teams struggling, this was a key survival game, and it was Buckby who came out on top, with Luke Foster scoring a try double.
BB got off to a good start as a penalty gave them a 3-0 lead, but on 10 minutes they kicked the ball away for Bucks back row Ben Walton to pick up and drive forward.
He fed Luke Foster who in turn gave an indifferent pass to Ed Sitch. Despite the pass, Sitch manged to hang on and ran fully 40 metres beating two men to score in the corner. The Jonny Palmer conversion made it 7-3.
By half-time, Buckby’s quick movement and fast recycling put the result beyond doubt. Having won a penalty they kicked for the corner and although BBOB stole the lineout, their kick was charged down for James Hare to score in the corner.
Seven minutes later another kick to the corner eventually resulted in a Buckby scrum from which their dominant pack drove over allowing No.8 Ben Walton to score the home side’s third try.
BBOB came back stongly but on 25 minutes lost possession. Richard Ryan picked up and took the ball forward. He fed Jake toseland and James Hare was stopped just short of the line. The forwards piled in and hooker Tom Haynes came up with the ball to drive over for the try to make it 22-3.
Ten minutes later, Buckby were forced to kick clear.
BB kicked back and Sitch showed great strength beating two men before feeding Luke Foster who ran in for a 29-3 half-time lead.
The second half saw BB start strongly and after 10 minutes they got their reward with a try that pulled back the deficit 21 points.
By now Buckby were making changes and with his first touch, replacement winger Tom Evans was put in for Buckby’s sixth try putting the match result beyond doubt.
Six minutes later Luke Foster who had threatened all afternoon broke the line for his second try, but not to be out done BBOB came back with the last try of the match making the final score 41-15.
Buckby have been criticised lately for lack of fitness and this was still a feature of this match. However players like Fergus Murray, Dave Wardle and Tim Lewis gave their all and with more performances like this they will be a match for anyone in this league.
Team: Tim Lewis, Tom Haynes, John Paul Watters, Sam Evans, Dave Wardle, Fergus Murray, Doug Burroughs, Ben Walton, Richard Ryan, Jonny Palmer, James Hare, Jake Toseland, Luke Foster, Ed Sitch, Andy Oliver. Replacements: Rob Hough, Andrew Tarplee, Tom Evans
Scorers: Tries: Ed Sitch, Luke Foster (2), Tom Haynes, James Hare, Ben Walton, Tom Evans
Cons: Jonny Palmer (3)
MOM: Tom Haynes