Buckingham teetering on the brink after defeat

Buckingham salvaged a losing bonus-point to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation, but were unable to cope with the slick and well-organised Windsor backs, who ran in four tries in a 25-19 victory.

Buckingham’s hard-working display was a huge improvement on their early season visit to Windsor when the hosts put 50 points on the board, but the defeat leaves them perilously close to relegation with one game to go.

Windsor started strongly and after some early exchanges, their backs were too good for the Buckingham defence to score after seven minutes.

It was the home forwards with their powerful driving play who kept the ball in play, but with 20 minutes on the clock, Windsor struck again with another excellent try and conversion for a 12 point lead.

On the half-hour mark, Buckingham finally got close enough to the Windsor line to score as the forwards rumbled over, Pat Ockendon emerging with the ball and Andy White adding the extras to narrow the deficit to five points.

That was short-lived, though, as again the Windsor backs were smoothly into action, carving through some weak tackles for the third try barely three minutes later and a 17-7 interval lead.

After the restart, the contest settled into the same routine with Buckingham making inroads into the Windsor defence, only to lose out in the final surge to the line.

Windsor then lost a prop to the sin-bin and Buckingham lifted their game with the man advantage, penning Windsor in the 22 before Tom Amos charged down a clearance on the line to score, but Windsor’s riposte was swift, landing a penalty and then a try with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Back came Buckingham with good hands in the backs enabling Andrew Jackson to score wide out on the left. An excellent conversion by White lifted the spirits of the large crowd, but the final whistle signalled defeat and an end to an entertaining match.

Buckingham now have to beat Witney away this Saturday to have any chance of staying up in South West One East.