Relegation looms large for Buckingham after Newbury defeat

Pat Ockendon passes to Harry Scarr
Pat Ockendon passes to Harry Scarr

After the morale-boosting result against Maidenhead the previous Saturday, Buckingham travelled to Newport Blues with high hopes of recording a fifth win from six games, but the well-organised hosts proved too strong as they ran in six tries to push their opponents closer to relegation in South West One East.

Newbury were ahead as early as the sixth minute when a converted try put them into a 7-0 lead, but Buckingham came back strongly with James Hulston kicking a penalty goal after the home side were penalised.

The visitors continued to look dangerous and enjoy a good share of possession and they turned pressure into points when Pat Ockendon touched down following a powerful drive from a line-out.

Newbury regained the lead at half-time thanks to a second try and though Buckingham were still in contention at this point, their performance levels dropped off alarmingly as the second half unfolded.

The home side dominated and after having to wait 20 minutes for their next score, they ran in four tries in quick succession to take the game beyond Buckingham, who were not helped by the harsh yellow cards awarded to Ockendon and Harry Scarr.

Buckingham remain eight points adrift of safety ahead of this weekend’s home game against Reading.