Buckingham hammered by ruthless Swindon

Pat Ockendon makes a break
Pat Ockendon makes a break

Buckingham slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season when they went down to a barrage of tries at Swindon on Saturday, eventually losing by 71 points to 12.

Though the injury crisis has abated, a swathe of unavailability is sweeping through the club with several first choice players missing as only 16 players made the trip to fourth-placed Swindon.

As always, the hosts produced a pack of big aggressive forwards complemented by an equally large back division who looked dangerous every time they had the ball.

Swindon scored their first try within five minutes of kick-off and that signalled the start of a long day for Buckingham, with the home side going over for their bonus-point fourth try inside 20 minutes.

Buckingham did manage to stem the tide at 33-0 when they at last had enough possession to work their way into the home 22. From there, a penalty gave them an attacking line-out five metres out and the ball was shovelled into the backs for Jak Cluness to score.

Calum Gillie’s conversion made it 33-7 at the interval.

Buckingham started the second half well and made good ground to the Swindon line. The forwards kept the momentum going and drove over for Pat Ockendon to score seven minutes into the half.

That was as good as it got for the visitors as Swindon’s all action game kept the scoreboard ticking over. As usual, Buckingham never gave up but on the day were well beaten.

Buckingham face another daunting task this weekend when they host second-placed Towcester at 3pm.