Spirited Buckingham suffer fifth straight defeat

Harry Scarr
Harry Scarr

Buckingham RUFC slumped to a fifth straight defeat at the weekend when they were beaten 29-10 by Trowbridge in their final game of the season.

Once again plagued by injury and unavailability, Buckingham were forced into several changes but the visitors produced a spirited resistance to their well-organised hosts on a fine sunny afternoon ideal for running rugby.

Playing on probably the best pitch of the season, Buckingham had plenty of possession but found the Trowbridge powerful back line a handful all afternoon as they ran the ball at every opportunity, although the visitors remained resolute and did well to restrict their hosts to five tries.

Both sides made several promising moves in the early stages but it was Trowbridge who made the breakthrough by scoring two tries within three minutes with barely 15 minutes played. Buckingham for their part looked like scoring on more than one occasion with center Ollie Cromptom having a superb game while Joe Chalmers at scrum-half also caught the eye.

The forwards, as ever, never took a step back typified by the double tackle by Euan Prime and Seth Williams to catch the Trowbridge right winger and prevent a certain try

However, Trowbridge did go further ahead with half an hour played, the converted try putting them 17 points in front.

Almost immediately, Buckingham mounted another attack up the right wing and the forwards gathered the ball to drive over, Harry Scarr the scorer to make the interval score 17-5.

The large crowd was treated to a spectacular try from the restart with Buckingham controlling the Trows kick-off before a superb break by Crompton took him deep into the home twenty-two. His final pass was taken by Josh Graham in full flight and he stormed by the full-back to score in the corner and raise hopes of a Buckingham revival.

Sadly it was not to be as the hosts scored another seven-pointer with 15 minutes of the second half played and they rounded off their performance with a fifth try just before the final whistle.

Buckingham, whose relegation from South West One East has long since been confirmed, will be hoping to end a disappointing season on a high when they host Windsor in the final game of their campaign.