The weekend’s matches
First XV vs Peterborough Lions (at home)
David and Goliath reborn as bottom of the table Long Buckby played hosts to league leaders Peterborough Lions.
Buckby kicked off towards the clubhouse and within just two minutes had conceded a kickable penalty, which the visitors made no bones about cashing in for three easy points. Not a perfect start for the home team but they made amends two minutes later by putting Peterborough under such pressure in their own 22 that they dropped the ball and allowed Johnny Hughes to hack forwards and score under the posts. Ben Gilbert added the extras bringing the tally to 7-3.
Déjà vu a few minutes later when the hosts conceded another penalty in almost the same place as the first. This time Peterborough kicked for the corner, executed a textbook catch and drive from the lineout, got themselves over the line and converted to go three points clear at 7-10. Buckby retaliated immediately with a penalty of their own, ably slotted by Ben Gilbert. The scores were now equal at 10 all. Game on.
Peterborough were cheered when the wind thwarted a Buckby clearance and gifted them a line out just inside the home 22. Having already shown how dangerous they were in such a position, Peterborough made little fuss over the routine acquisition of another seven points. 10-17.
As the mid point of the half was reached, over-exuberant flailing at the maul led to the visitors conceding a penalty which allowed fly-half Adrian Flynn to find good touch close to the opposition line. A series of three penalties eventually saw Long Buckby’s prop Tim Lewis scoring in the corner bringing the score to 15-17.
Peterborough tried their utmost to score for the remainder of the period but were matched by the vigour and commitment of the Buckby fifteen. The visitors managed a further three points from a penalty to bring the half to a close at 15-20.
The second half opened with Peterborough ablaze after some inspirational advice from their coach. Play remained balanced for the first fifteen minutes but then Peterborough exploited their dominance at the scrum to score a well-deserved try. No conversion but the visitors were still ten points ahead at 15-25.
Buckby remained unfazed by this and soon retaliated by winning a lineout in the opposition 22, moving the ball cleanly and quickly and leaving Johnny Nixon do the rest and run in a fine try in the corner. A difficult conversion was expertly struck by Ben Gilbert to bring the score to 22-25.
As the fourth quarter began, the home team’s fortunes took a turn for the worse when their No 8 was binned for illegally interfering with play. Peterborough were consummate in exploiting their one man advantage to the full by creaming the scrums and generally dominating up front, the visitors managed to score a further two tries, bringing the final score to 22-37.
Despite losing, this was a solid and encouraging performance by Long Buckby who reminded everyone (including themselves) what they are capable of.
Colts vs Stockwood Park (away)
Stockwood Park vs LBRFC Colts
A fine start to the year for Long Buckby Colts with this emphatic win over Stockwood Park. Despite a depleted squad, the result never looked in doubt. It was the Long Buckby backs who started off by making it look like this would be their day but in the end it was the Buckby forwards who stole the show and dominated the score sheet.
Man of the match: David Wardle.