Following three agonising defeats so far this season, Buckingham produced an excellent all-round performance to see off Oxfordshire rivals Grove at the weekend.
The game started at a high tempo with both sides penalised for minor offences, but it was Buckingham who made the early breakthrough when Will Kiddle went over in the corner before an Andy White penalty increased the lead.
Both sides then exchanged penalties to put Buckingham 11-3 ahead before two outstanding tries saw the home side take a commanding 25-3 half time lead. First, Ollie Payne made a break through a hesitant Grove defence and continued his run to score wide out on the left before Calum Gillie finished off a sweeping move.
Grove made a determined start to the second half and they deservedly got themselves back into the game with a converted try.
White eased the pressure with a penalty but another converted try for the visitors set up a tense finish.
The Buckingham tackling was excellent, though, and it enabled them to put pressure on the Grove back line as they searched for a bonus-point try, but it wasn’t to be as Buckingham ran out 28-17 winners to clinch their first victory in South West One East.