Buckingham suffer heavy defeat at leaders Chippenham

James Temple
James Temple
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Buckingham’s early season woes continued when they were on the wrong end of a 10-try hammering by Chippenham on Saturday.

Having lost six of last year’s first team for various reasons, Buckingham’s lack of strength in depth was exposed by the league leaders from Wiltshire who made it four wins from four as Buckingham struggled throughout to cope with the pace and ball handling of the slick home back division.

After Pat Ockendon was up to secure the ball from the Buckingham kick-off, an unforced error gave Chippenham possession and they went through the phases to score the first try after only three minutes.

Buckingham were then awarded a penalty, followed by an aimless kick out of defence which landed in the arms of a Chippenham centre to set another attack in motion as the hosts then ran in four tries to put them 31 points to the good with just 20 minutes played.

They scored again on the half-hour mark to make it 38-0 before their loose-head prop was sent to the sin-bin for taking out Tom Haycock, who required lengthy treatment.

Chippenham were back into their stride from the restart and it was not long before their powerful number eight broke from the back of a scrum to storm down the touchline for a converted try.

Buckingham were then caught offside and a penalty kick to the corner was gathered up by the home pack from the throw-in for another seven points 12 minutes into the half.

As in previous weeks, Buckingham continued to give it their all and they were rewarded for their endeavour with a try for James Temple after some good pressure from the forwards.

However, the visitors were penalised for holding with less than 10 minutes left and the rampant Chippenham forwards crossed for try number nine.

Back came Buckingham, gaining some good ground followed by a neat chip through by Phil Wright that enabled Josh Graham to out-run the defenders and score by the posts, James Hulston’s conversion getting them into double figures.

Chippenham had the final say when Buckingham, down to 14 men due to injuries, lost possession and the ball was swiftly recycled for a score wide out, with the successful conversion completing an emphatic win.

This Saturday Buckingham face high-flying Devizes at home (3pm kick-off).