Buckingham storm to emphatic victory

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SOME slick attacking play combined with resolute defence saw Buckingham romp to a 45-0 thumping against rivals Alchester.

With Alchester based at Fritwell, a 250-strong crowd were in attendance for a keenly-anticipated local derby that resulted in Buckingham running away with victory to remain fourth in Southern Counties North.

The home side made a positive start with Sam Clapham and James Bernard making inroads into the Alchester midfield before the attack switched the other way and Matt Payne charged over five minutes in.

Buckingham continued to look much the better side but dogged defence kept them at bay for another 15 minutes until Alchester were penalised for holding and Andy White kicked the resulting penalty.

The home three-quarters were proving an handful for the hard-pressed Alchester opposition with Stephen Datchler playing well on debut in the centre while Adam Clarke’s mazy runs saw him come close on several occasions.

Another White penalty extended the lead further and before Pat Ockendon powered over shortly before half time with White converting, taking Buckingham to the interval with a comfortable 18-0 lead.

From the restart, Buckingham raised the tempo and had too much fire-power for the increasingly struggling visitors.

Clapham made yards with a quickly taken tap penalty and Phil Wright was over after only two minutes on the clock – the boot of White doing the rest.

Play continued to centre deep in Alchester territory as White added another penalty before a sweeping cross-field move saw a try for Dom Reynolds.

Shortly afterwards, a dip and drive followed by a rampaging run by Tom Amos cleared the way for a pass to the short side with Clarke touching down, White adding the extras.

As the final whistle beckoned, Buckingham surged forward once more and Tom Cook broke the line to score and bring an excellent team performance to a close.