After a month without rugby, Buckingham RUFC 1st XV returned to action in top form to beat Drifters 27-8 and maintain their promotion challenge in Southern Counties North.
With the President’s Lunch ensuring another large crowd, Buckingham produced a display of high-quality rugby which kept Drifters on the back foot for the majority of the 80 minutes.
Though conceding an early penalty which gave the visitors a three point lead, this was as good as they could manage and thereafter it was Buckingham making all the running.
With James Bernard excellent in attack and defence supported by Chris Stanford, there was thrust in the centre to give Drifters problems all game, and it was only a matter of time before the first try, scored by James Temple.
Drifters were living on scraps mainly due to several unforced errors by the home side but Andy White, who was again in commanding form, was on hand to clear his lines when danger threatened. Buckingham continued to press and shortly before half time were rewarded when a powerful burst by Stanford took him through the defence for a try to put the home side comfortably 10-3 ahead at the interval.
Almost from the restart, Drifters failed to take advantage of a kick-able penalty and White showed how it should be done with his penalty taking Buckingham to a 13-3 lead.
Drifters finally gained a foothold in Buckingham territory with their best passage of play and eventually rumbled over to narrow the gap to 13-8.
Buckingham’s response was almost immediate as swift hands and driving play by the pack ended with the impressive Tom Amos scoring an excellent try, converted by White to put the home side clear once again.
By now Drifters were struggling to contain a rampant Buckingham and five minutes before full time, another powerful run by Stanford enabled Amos to take the pass and score his second try with White’s conversion sealing a fine performance.