Buckingham hold on to secure first win over Reading

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Buckingham recorded a third league win of the season with a hugely impressive 20-15 victory at fifth-placed Reading in South West One East.

Travelling to a side they’ve never beaten before, Buckingham produced one of their best displays to notch up four tries and a bonus-point.

Both sides started strongly on a heavy pitch with the rain easing shortly before kick-off and after Buckingham had made inroads into Reading territory, the hosts swarmed back into the visitors 22, catching them offside for a three-point lead after ten minutes.

A break by James Bernard relieved the pressure before a good kick into touch by Andy White ended with a drive by the pack and Tom Amos scoring the try with 15 minutes on the clock.

A clearance by Sam Clapham then set Buckingham on the attack again and resulted in a yellow card for a Reading forward. Buckingham were quick to utilise this advantage as the pack embarked on a 25-metre rolling maul and the excellent Phil Wright touched down for a try as Buckingham were good value for their 10-3 interval lead.

After the turnaround, Buckingham continued to dominate in the forwards and within three minutes another surging drive caught Reading out, resulting in Jamie Temple scoring try number three.

Play carried on at a furious pace with Reading at last showing signs of their capabilities. However, the visitors held firm with high quality tackling stemming the tide.

Once more the forwards got their hands on the ball and an attacking ruck followed by a trademark driving maul ended with a second try for Wright.

The home side finally got going and, in the last 15 minutes, hammered the Buckingham line, scoring a converted try followed by another try minutes later to bring them within five points.

Though the referee played over six minutes of injury time, Buckingham withstood scrum after scrum on their five metre line before the final whistle gave them a victory to savour.

This Saturday, Buckingham, who are a 11th in the table, have a home game against lowly Salisbury, kicking off at 2.30pm.