Buckingham’s turbulent season continued this week with a 43-17 defeat at Maidenhead that leaves them second from bottom in South West One East.
While the forwards continue to compete on level terms, the visitors’ once impressive back division are no longer the force they were due mainly to injury and retirement.
Maidenhead kicked off and their backs immediately made inroads in the Buckingham defence and scored the first try after only six minutes.
Buckingham battled back with a penalty by James Hulston taking them well into the home 22. Although Maidenhead cleared their lines, Buckingham were not to be denied and it was the forwards who drove over with James Temple claiming the try to level the scores.
The Maidenhead backs then took charge for the remainder of the half and within five minutes they were in front with two tries in quick succession before they wrapped up the bonus-point with just 33 minutes on the clock.
Trailing 24-5 at the break, a resurgent Buckingham stormed into the Maidenhead half from the restart. enjoying plenty of possession before new signing Lawrence Brown scored with almost his first touch of the ball after coming on as a replacement.
Though the conversion was missed, Buckingham still enjoyed their share of the game until an aimless kick was gathered up by the Maidenhead backs who went the length of the field before being halted just short of the line.
A break by Sam Cook backed by good foraging by the forwards in the loose got them close to the home line and there they stayed until a winning scrum enabled Calum Gillie to slip the ball to Smith who scampered over. Hulston’s conversion brought the visitors to within seven points at 24-17.
That, though, was as good as it got as Maidenhead ran in another try and things got even worse when Pat Ockendon was yellow carded for playing the ball on the ground and Buckingham were powerless to stop Maidenhead from running in two more tries, the second of which was converted, to give them a 43-17 victory.
This Saturday Buckingham face Newbury Blues at home at 2.30pm.