Just beaten by Daventry
Daventry 1st 18
Long Buckby 1st 17
Long Buckby RFC arrived at Daventry RFC hoping to make it three wins out of three in this local derby and enhance their drive for promotion.
A determined Daventry side had other ideas. The first points of the game went to the home side, when a penalty awarded to them was duly converted.
Buckby were soon back to their scoring ways when some good ball handling resulted in a try from Richard Ryan. This was soon followed by another from a scrum on the Daventry line with skipper Deej Fair picking up the ball at the base and driving over the Daventry line. Dan McNally duly converted both tries. Buckby seemed to be in control, but it was not to be for long.
Daventry were a side on a mission and the next two tries were from them; the score 15 to 14 in Daventry’s favour.
The next score was Buckby’s with a converted penalty by McNally, but their lead was short lived when Daventry put over another kick from a penalty awarded to them.
On the day the better side won; it was not a good day in the office for Buckby. Their game was not of its usual quality and decisions from the referee did not run their way. Their chance of promotion is still alive, but it is going to require some strength of character for it to be realised.
Milton Keynes III 7
Long Buckby II 111
Long Buckby maintained their 100% league record to clinch the Winter Warmer Merit Table title with this emphatic away win over Milton Keynes 3rd team.
They started nervously and went 7-0 down after turning over possession from the kick-off but thereafter, despite some spirited defence from the home team it was pretty much one-way traffic. Craig Darkes opened the scoring quickly followed by Ben Gilbert, Rob Cantrill, Jonny Palmer Sam Thomas and Nathan Maddox.
By half time Ben Gilbert completed his hat-trick and Nathan Maddox got his second with conversions helping Buckby turn round with a comfortable 50 point lead.
The second 40 minutes saw pretty much more of the same albeit at times white line fever did take over. Ross Chesher scored three tries, Craig Darkes and Rob Cantrill got their second & Ben Gilbert his fourth. Ryan Clark and Tom Evans chipped in bringing the total try count to 17. Jonny Palmer and Ryan Clark kicked 13 conversions between them to make the total points scored 111.
Worthy mention to Ian Nixon coming into the front row after injuries to props Will Howells and Andy White. Man of the match - The whole team!