Buckingham completed the double over Wallingford and kept themselves hot on the heels of Southern Counties North leaders Beaconsfield with a 27-10 win this week.
With Wallingford having won both home and away last season, and Buckingham having already won the away fixture 17-35 at the beginning of this season, the home side were keen to settle an old score.
Four tries and a bonus point later and the score was settled, however it’s fair to say this was a scrappy encounter fraught with penalties and handling errors from both sides and despite Buckingham’s superior league position, the Oxfordshire side didn’t look like the underdogs as they put up a stiff fight.
The game started with Buckingham on the front foot when, with just two minutes on the clock, a penalty offence by Wallingford was kicked deep into the in the corner.
Wallingford defended the initial line-out well, but the ensuing scrum saw Buckingham number eight Phil Wright pick-and-go to score the opening try of the day.
Buckingham threw as much as they could at their visitors and eventually Wallingford yielded for a second time as the home side’s persistence culminated in Matt Payne barrelling his way over the whitewash for a score.
Kinman’s conversion put the hosts 12 points to the good, however from kick-off they conceded a series of penalties and Wallingford took advantage as they registered a converted try to get within five points at half-time.
Though Buckingham’s indiscretions continued into the second-half when a penalty cut their lead to 12-10, they made Wallingford pay for a lapse in concentration when errant kicking saw Max Nagy spring out of his own half and all the way to the try line.
Ed Kinman added the extras and also slotted over a penalty before helping Buckingham score the bonus-point fourth try. His clever kick was scooped up by Dan Rolfe whose good work was carried on by Jamie Lee for the try.
That was the final score of the game as Buckingham registers a comfortable victory to remain just one point behind Beaconsfield in the Southern Counties North.
They travel to sixth-placed Reading Abbey this weekend.