Buckingham well beaten after second half collapse

Try! Harry Scarr touches down for Buckingham's first try against Reading. Pictures by Jake McNulty
Try! Harry Scarr touches down for Buckingham's first try against Reading. Pictures by Jake McNulty
  • Buckingham beaten 41-19 by Reading having led 19-17
  • Result all but confirms their relegation in South West One East
  • Elsewhere, academy team beat Towcester to reach cup semi-finals

For the second week running Buckingham lost their way in the second half of a game in which they were well in contention when leading 19-17 just after the interval, only for Reading to up their game and run away with a comfortable 41-19 victory.

The home side made an impressive start and their early pressure was rewarded when Callum Gillie kicked a penalty to touch and from the line-out, the forwards rumbled over with Harry Scarr touching down for for the opening try.

Calum Gillie looks for a way through the Reading defence

Calum Gillie looks for a way through the Reading defence

Reading were quick to strike back as they moved the ball rapidly out wide to score their first try, which was shortly followed by a second after some weak Buckingham tackling.

Worse was to follow for the home side, who were again driven off their own ball and Reading gained good position to dot down for a third time with only 30 minutes played.

Then followed a sustained period of Buckingham pressure as the forwards again wreaked havoc with this time James Temple the scorer of his side’s second try.

Gillie’s conversion brought Buckingham to within five at half-time and they remained on the front foot after the restart before retaking the lead through Temple, who broke clear to score his second try.

Seth Williams is hauled down

Seth Williams is hauled down

Gillie added the extras to put the hosts into a 19-17 lead but that was to be their final score of the game as Reading ran in four tries in the final 25 minutes for a final scoreline that reflected harshly on Buckingham.

Buckingham now face a daunting task with their final four matches all against sides in the top five, starting with next weekend’s trip to Swindon.

In more positive news for the club, Buckingham Academy are through to the semi-finals of the Referees Cup after a 24-14 win over Towcester Colts.

Tows struck first on five minutes, but Ed Kinman’s try was converted by Robin Petrie, who also added the extras when Olie Crompton scored to put Buckingham into a 14-5 half-time lead.

The packs get ready to do battle

The packs get ready to do battle

Thom Foster stretched his side’s lead further with a third try shortly after the restart and victory was assured when Matt Glendinning scored from a driving maul after a fine take by Toby Owen.