Buckingham boost title hopes with win over rivals

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Buckingham 1st XV gave their promotion hopes a huge boost at the weekend by beating rivals Milton Keynes 54-26 in a thriller at Maids Moreton.

The long awaited-clash lived up to expectations with a crowd of over 300 treated to a 11-try spectacle.

Buckingham made the best possible start as swift recycling enabled Jamie Hulston to cruise under the posts.

Andy White’s conversion put Buckingham 7-0 ahead but Milton Keynes made an immediate response when poor tackling allowed them to score wide before a penalty put them 8-7 in front.

Almost before the crowd could draw breath, Buckingham were back in the MK 22 and an excellent drive by the forwards ended with a try for Phil Wright.

Powerful running by fullback Steve Miller made inroads in the MKs defence, but they closed the gap to 14-13 when a long clearance wrong-footed a home defender.

That seemed to stir Buckingham into action and three superb tries in a 10-minute spell turned the game around.

First, Andrew Jackson split the defensive line to score followed by James Temple and finally a break by Miller, supported by Wright, set Calum Gillie free.

With White converting two of the tries, Buckingham found themselves in a commanding 33-13 half time lead.

The visitors made a positive impact after the break when their flyhalf landed a neat drop goal and more good play gave them a third try.

White settled the nerves with a penalty and thereafter Buckingham were in the ascendency with Andy Thompson completing another impressive move.

MK managed one last foray into Buckingham territory to score their bonus-point try and only a try-saving tackle by Theo Mettenheimer averted more danger.

White slotted over two more penalties and Buckingham finished in style – a chip over the defence was gathered by Mettenheimer for a seventh try with White’s conversion securing a magnificent win.

Buckingham, who are now third with a game in hand, travel to Olney tomorrow.