MEN’S RUGBY: Last-gasp Own break Buckby hearts

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Long Buckby’s Development XV endured last-gasp agony as they were beaten 20-17 by Mens Own at Station Road.

The match was decided with the last kick of the game as Own turned round a 17-12 deficit to win it with an 80th-minute penalty.

Buckby used the game to give a number of players their first start, but they met an Own side who, having had a difficult start to the season, were determined to chalk up a win.

Buckby went ahead through a Nathan Maddox try converted by Dan McNally, before Own struck back and levelled things on the stroke of half time.

Early in the second half a quick tap free-kick saw some great hands from Buckby send Govindar Kolanda over for a try on the right, and when replacement Nathan Scott outpaced everyone to score Buckby’s third try it looked like the home side may come up with a great win.

However, Own were not done.

They came back strongly using there big forwards to retain the ball and on 78 minutes scored in the corner to level the match at 17-17.

Now under severe pressure, Buckby conceded four penalties in succession and eventually the referee brought Own close enough to win the game with the final kick. Buckby really appreciated Own putting on this friendly fixture

Team: Josh Buckby, Tom Haynes, Lambros Stephanou, Colin Scott, Darren Goode, Fred Saunders, Steve Cantrill, James Allen, Dan McNally, Ryan Clarke, James Hare, Nathan Maddox, Jake Toseland, Jonny Armit, Govindar Kolanda. Reps: Tim Lewis, Fergus Murray, Nathan Scott, Robin Ungerford, John Chambers, Phil Bland

Scorers: Tries: Nathan Maddox, Nathan Scott, Govindar Kolanda. Con: Dan McNally. MOM: Fred Saunders

Long Buckby are back in Midlands Four East (South )league action this Saturday when they travel to St Neots.

Buckby go there in good spirits as they have won their two league games to date this season.

Daventry All Blacks are also back in the league action.

The Midlands Three East (South) outfit, who have narrowly lost their opening two league fixtures, are at home to Biggleswade.

Biggleswade currently top the table with two wins out of two, and they have scored 107 points in the process.

Kick-off at Steffen Hill is at 3pm.