Buckingham crash out after pulsating tie

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INJURY-TIME drama sent Buckingham 1st XV crashing out of the Intermediate Cup after a late try and penalty saw them lose 35-26 to Wimborne in an exhilarating encounter.

Buckingham were not at their best – only showing glimpses of their ability in spells that were punctuated by errors.

The visitors made the worst possible start as they attempted an ambitious chip through from the Wimborne kick-off, only to see it charged down, giving the home side room to score seven points after only two minutes before another mistake allowed the hosts to go 12-0 ahead.

Eventually, on 30 minutes, an Andy White penalty got Buckingham on the scoreboard and a flurry of activity rewarded them with two tries in four minutes.

The first came through alert scrum-half Sam Clapham, who picked up a loose ball to sprint clear before Jamie Hulston crossed after fluent passing in the backs.

Both tries were converted by White while Wimborne scored a penalty to bring the scores level at half time.

After the restart, it was Wimborne again looking the strongest and within four minutes they were seven points ahead against a Buckingham side that was in disarray.

Pat Ockendon then looked to have made a try-scoring break when he snapped up a loose ball at a scrum, but again the referee was unimpressed and Wimborne worked their way into a scoring position for three more points, although that was evened out by a White penalty to give Wimborne a 25-18 lead.

Piling men forward, Buckingham were at last applying some intense pressure on the hosts with a kick to the corner by White followed by a rumble in the forwards, and a try for Phil Wright to bring the deficit to two points.

Immediately, Buckingham came surging forward again as Wimborne rocked with three more points for White to put his side one point ahead going into the final seconds.

As Buckingham frantically tried to hold on, disaster struck when a yellow card for a Buckingham centre and an injury-time penalty for Wimborne put the home side back in front before a loose ball allowed Wimborne to race away for a final score to clinch victory following a breathtaking contest.