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.