RUGBY: Long Buckby

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Winning week all round

Long Buckby 1st 41 Daventry 1st 3

A five-try haul, including a hat trick for Johnny Nixon, plus a 16 point, near faultless kicking display by Dan McNally, put paid to Daventry’s fiery attempt to gain revenge for their recent Lewis Shield defeat.

From the kick off, Daventry made their intentions clear by a display of controlled aggression both in attack and defence. Buckby hardly got into Daventry’s half in the first quarter, having to withstand wave after wave of forceful running.

But withstand it they did, and on 25 minutes Dan McNally put over a penalty as Buckby explored the Daventry 22 area for the first time.

With the home side gaining strength whilst Daventry began to wilt, a sustained forward dominated attack allowed the three quarters to speed Johnny Nixon on his way for his first try. McNally duly converted. He kicked another penalty after 48 minutes, only for Buckby to make a mistake and allow the Daventry No 8 to ping one back on 50 minutes. What a half!

After the break, with Daventry now in total disarray, good handling from Dave Beveridge and Matthew Gibbs, put Simon Dixon over. Buckby forwards were now becoming quite rampant as a unit, with all contributing strongly. Gibbo was next on the score sheet after Jake Toseland brilliantly tackled the Daventry full back in goal and forced a Buckby scrum from 5 metres after an inch perfect kick from McNally. With the three quarters of Hughes, Toseland, Flynn and Dixon operating as extra back row players and flinging themselves into every tackle a Daventry comeback seemed highly unlikely, even though they raised their tempo again for 10 minutes. The bonus point try was created by a wonderful display of multi-skills from Tim Dixon and Jake Toseland which added to Johnny Nixon’s tally.

As the game neared its end, and with the injury count growing rapidly, both sides had to replace players regularly, and when Johnny Nixon scored a disputed try at the death, Daventry were reduced by injuries and a red card to 12 men. Both sides came off battered and beaten about, but knowing that it was only half time really, because they meet again in Daventry next week. Hopefully, the injured will recover by then.

Man of the match Johnny Nixon

Daventry III 15

Long Buckby II 34

Buckby continued their unbeaten run in this season’s merit table in this tense local derby against Daventry 3rds.

As usual the opposition pack looked much larger but Buckby’s fitness and mobility gave them the upper hand and an early Jonny Palmer penalty took them ahead. Daventry equalised almost immediately but some great scrummaging from Buckby’s front five then allowed back rowers Josh Burton, Richard Wood and Ian Matts to recyle the ball and quick hands in the backs put left wing Rob Cantrill in for the opening try. Ed Sitch quickly scored a second and with the conversion making it 15-3 Buckby began to put some light between them and the opposition.

Steve Cantrill scored the 2nd try from a great back’s move although at 22-3 Buckby will be disappointed at some ill discipline that let Daventry gain ground. It isn’t just the premiership where the scrum creates some strange decisions and when the ball bounced off the props foot at the put in and Daventry were allowed to continue Buckby found their half time lead reduced to 14 points.

Buckby got things back on track early in the second half putting right wing Dan Perkins in although Daventry continued to press hard and in the 3rd quarter could have scored at least a couple more tries had they not knocked on at critical moments.

By now Buckby began to ring the changes with Tom Evans, Nathan Maddox, Dan Burton and Sam Thomas all getting their opportunity. Tom Evans scored Buckby’s fifth try from a terrific Craig Darkes pass after good work from forwards Will Howell, Scott Bayes and Sam Evans in the loose.

Jonny Palmer’s fourth successful kick of the day made the score 34 v 8 but Daventry had the last laugh as their right wing touched down and the 10 converted to make the score more respectable.

Man of the match Ian Matts

Oceanic Cup Daventry 0

Long Buckby 29

Colts Show the way to clean sweep

Long Buckby Colts were first up in a weekend which saw Buckby’s First, Second and Colts teams playing Daventry, Buckby’s Colts team was very much a scratch team made up of players from u17`s with the help of 4 of the u18`s,the 10 and 12 having never played or trained together. Buckby played the first half at pace which took Daventry by suprise and were 10 points up after 20 mins, Buckby then after a prolonged period of Daventry presure played some lovely Rugby with Fowards and Backs linking well to score two more tries. the half ending 24 -0

Buckby came out the blocks strongly at the start of the second half and after some good approach play scored a try straight off the training ground, The rest of the half saw Daventry show their fighting spirit and put Buckby under pressure, but the defence held firm. Buckby had a try reversed even after being awarded due to handbags in an earlier phase that the ref had not seen just prior and that had carried on after the try had been awarded. Some good all round performances from our try scorers’, today’s Captain George Martin (2) and No 8 Chris Day (3) who showed some powerful running off the back of the scrum even through it was under pressure from a good tight 8 from Daventry. Overall it was a great defensive effort and we had some glipses of what the team with a little more work could achieve together. Buckby came away with victories in all three matches, ‘Come on you Bucks’.

Man of the Match No8 Chris Day