Long Buckby claimed their first away win of the season in Midlands Three East South with a hard-fought 19-15 triumph at Northampton Boys Brigade Old Boys
The win sees Buckby move up to seventh in the table, and puts them in good spirits ahead of Saturday’s home date with leaders Casuals.
The match at BB was not a classic, and will be remembered for the high error rate of both sides, and also the 78th-minute try saving tackle on the BBOB right winger.
The opening stages of the encounter were tense, with BBOB taking a 3-0 lead on 10 minutes with a penalty. Buckby were struggling to clear their lines, and the home side looked to be in charge.
But on 30 minutes that all changed, as Buckby’s Andrew Frankland pinched a home side lineout deep in their territory and the pack drove over for John Paul Watters to touch down. Fly half Nick Denman added the conversion and Buckby led 7-3.
Bucks still weren’t at their best though, and on 45 minutes BB went ahead when an unconverted try made the score 8-7.
Buckby needed to up their game, and did.
On 50 minutes Rich Ryan gathered his own box kick to feed Tom Haynes who in turn passed to hooker Tim Dixon who sprinted 20 metres to score and take Bucks 12-8 ahead.
That lead was increased to 19-8 when Frankland scored and Denman converted, but BB came back hard and a converted try saw them back to within four points.
The home side pressed for the winning try, and then came that tackle. It looked for a second as if the BB winger had been allowed too much space, but only five metres from glory he was brought down round the ankles by Alex Valentine and slid into touch.
This would still have given Buckby a difficult defensive line out but the winger’s disappointment spilled over, and as he was shown a yellow card, the penalty allowed Buckby to clear their lines for the win.
Team: John Paul Watters, Tim Dixon, Tom Haynes, Andrew Tarplee, Same Evans, Andrew Frankland, Fegus Murray, Ben Walton, Richard Ryan, Nick Denman, Jonny Nixon, Charlie McDermott, Luke Foster, James Hare, Alex Valentine. Reps: Dave Wardle, Simon Oakey, Tobias Gooney
Scorers: Tries: John Paul Watters, Tim Dixon, Andrew Frankland.
DAVENTRY All Blacks lost 32-19 to Casuals.