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Your News Buckingham 24 - Witney 27


After last weeks great performance this was a workmanlike one, which the boys were lucky to win. Too many penalties by far again: better conditions and the Buckingham kicker would have nailed us. Also an uncharacteristic lack of passion, some defensive howlers and at times non existent tackling are not Witney hallmarks. Very blustery conditions (but only one brief rain shower thank heavens) made kicking a lottery.

The first sign of trouble for Witney came after 2 minutes when Buckingham took a scrum against the head. Play was largely restricted to the middle of the pitch but Buckingham were certainly building the pressure. However, after 24 minutes and against the run of play, Matt Calley broke through the home sides defence and cantered in for the first score of the match.

0 : 5

A minute later, Jake Thomas who had showed some real enterprise at full back, took a knock to the head and had to be replaced by Lee Douglas. After 32 minutes Buckingham were awarded yet another penalty after our prop (?) was deemed to have bored in at the scrum. The home side went for touch and from the ensuing line out, went over for the try, gratefully converted.

7 : 5

Our boys were under some pressure at this stage but held on manfully. The siege to the Witney line was eventually lifted and play went into the Buckingham half at last. Some slick handling from the backs and Louie Collins shot over in the left hand corner for the try after 37 minutes, impressively converted by Henry Lamb from the touch line.

7 : 12

Play seesawed back and forth with neither side able to impose themselves. After 40 minutes Witney incurred the refs displeasure yet again but the Buckingham penalty came back off the posts.

Half Time

The second half began with a trademark Monksie try after Buckingham produced a howler of a restart. Loiue Collins and Tim Muller were heavily involved in the build up before Monksie kept up his impressive scoring record. Henry Lamb hit a beautiful conversion to take the scores to

7 : 19

After 8 minutes of the half Witney won a rare penalty in the Buckingham half and Henry Lamb needed no second invitation

7 : 22

Buckingham upped the tempo which coincided with our lads going AWOL in defence. A second strike against the head gave Buckingham the initiative and over they went as Witneys defence disintegrated, Buckingham adding the conversion.

14 : 22

Tim Muller, who had another great game, was replaced after 14 minutes by Scott Mortimer. Aside from some woeful tackling, our lads gave away yet more penalties, which handed the momentum to the home side. Pressure told and Buckingham went over for the try after 20 minutes, which was well converted.

21 : 22

There followed a passage of play reminiscent of Dunedin earlier in the day as Witney infringed time and time again. In some ways the boys were lucky that they escaped a yellow but Buckingham reaped some reward for our transgressions with a well taken penalty after 24 minutes.

24 : 22

The travelling faithful were baffled by the lack of real passion and the frailty of the defence. Matt Calley was replaced by Mark Fuller on the half hour but it did not look good for the visitors just then. But Louie Collins had not finished for the day: on 38 minute following some great interplay he crashed over for the winning try.

24 : 27

Buckingham threw everything at the boys and duly won a penalty after 39 minutes. The kick looked good but in the end slid past the post.

It was a win but only just. What was worrying was the unacceptable penalty count (again) and the uncharacteristic defensive frailty. Still congratulations to the lads as they make it 2 out of 2. Upwards and onwards.

1st XV

Thomas, Collins(L), Strutt, Collins(J), Monks, Lamb(H), Campbell(G): Calley, Quarterman(C), Richens, Copperwheat(M), Haire, Muller, Campbell(C), *Hicks(J)

Repl: Fuller, Mortimer, Douglas (all got on)

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