Buckingham face crucial clash after Trowbridge defeat

Phil Wright
Phil Wright

Buckingham face a crucial match in their fight for survival when they take on fellow strugglers Bletchley this weekend following a 37-15 home defeat to Trowbridge.

Another opportunity to record a home win was wasted as Trowbridge scored 21 unanswered points in the second half for a final scoreline that flattered the visitors but leaves Buckingham second from bottom in South West One East.

The Buckingham forwards, who have been a revelation this season, continued to prosper and the visitors were under pressure throughout most of the first half by the superior power of the Buckingham scrum, who dominated the loose to score three tries.

Trowbridge put points on the board with a penalty after only three minutes but thereafter it was Buckingham who had the upperhand as their forwards drove over for Phil Wright to score the first try on 10 minutes.

The visitors forced their way back into the Buckingham half to record their second penalty but the lead was short-lived as another drive from the home pack resulted in a penalty, which Calum Gillie’s kick found touch deep in the Trowbridge 22. Again the line-out was secured and the drive replicated the first try as Wright was in possession when the visitors scrum collapsed on the 20-minute mark.

However, five minutes later, a loose kick out of defence allowed Trowbridge to recycle the ball through the backs and score a converted try to retake the lead on a rare visit to the Buckingham half.

Back came the home side, turning over a Trowbridge scrum and being awarded a penalty in the process. Once again Gillie’s kick found touch in the corner and the dominant pack crossed the whitewash for the third time, with Jamie Temple the scorer.

Five minutes short of half-time, Trowbridge mounted a final attack through their backs and when the Buckingham number 10 was somewhat harshly yellow carded, the visitors slotted over the penalty for a 16-15 lead.

From the restart, Buckingham besieged the visitors’ try line for over 10 minutes without managing the score they deserved as the Trowbridge defence held out despite a yellow card.

Eventually, a Buckingham knock-on enabled the visitors to clear their lines and the home side were left to wonder what could have been when they were undone by the Trowbridge backs, who carved their way through to score a second converted try with 15 minutes of the second half played.

Buckingham continued to dominate the close exchanges but Trowbridge wisely kept these to a minimum as they kept the play wide out. This paid off as weak tackles enabled them to score a third converted try.

Buckingham battled on and came close to scoring on several occasions but it was all to no avail and the visitors had the last word with a bonus-point fourth try, which was also converted.

This Saturday, Buckingham travel to bottom side Bletchley, who are yet to win a game this season, with both clubs in danger of being isolated at the bottom of the league. Kick-off is 2:15pm.