Buckingham’s consistency troubles continued this week as they followed up last Saturday’s promising draw with a disappointing 36-12 defeat to Grove in South West One East.
Facing a side who had only won once this season, Buckingham allowed themselves to be sucked into a forward battle which left them always living on scraps of possession against a bigger, stronger and more aggressive home pack who dominated proceedings for long periods of the game.
Grove were straight onto the attack from Buckinghams kick-off and with five minutes played, a scrum on the visitors 22 enabled their backs to combine to score under the posts leaving an easy conversion to put them seven points to the good.
Buckingham did make some inroads through their own threequarters with a break by Calum Gillie carried on by Sam Cook ending with Adam Clarke just losing control of the ball on the Grove line.
The visitors were then penalised for a high tackle and Grove converted the penalty for a 10-point lead.
Sloppy ball control then gave Grove another try minutes later after the Buckingham scrum collapsed and Grove ran the penalty to score wide out.
The home side continued to pressure Buckingham and a succession of penalties for scrum offences had Buckingham back peddling and Grove marched over for a converted try and a comfortable 22-0 half time lead.
The second half started with a burst of quick-fire scoring. After only two minutes, the Grove fly-half went through some weak tackles for a try which was converted.
Two minutes later Buckingham managed to put some good passes together for Jak Cluness to score but within five minutes Grove had crossed the whitewash again, the seven points taking them to a 36-5 lead.
The fast and furious action continued when Buckingham again broke out of defence and a mazy run by Clarke allowed him to create some space for Josh Graham who took his offload scorching clear to score under the posts, Gillie’s conversion getting Buckingham into double figures but it was much too late.
Buckingham host Leighton Buzzard this weekend.