Buckingham well beaten in season finale

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Buckingham said farewell to South West One East with a heavy 45-17 defeat at the hands of third-place Windsor.

It was a disappointment end to a frustrating season for Buckingham, but they can return to the Southern Counties North with hope of better things to come given the youthfulness of their side with half of the squad under the age of 21.

But their 2014/15 campaign is one to forget and it finished on a low as Windsor made all the early running on Satuday and their pressure told with a converted try on 15 minutes.

Though Buckingham defended well, the visitors scored again 10 minutes later before the home side switched play to the other end through to penalties and a line-out deep inside the Windsor twenty-two resulted in a smart try for Jak Cluness when he chipped over the defence and crossed under the posts.

Calum Gillie converted to narrow the deficit to 12-7 and Buckingham were now playing some excellent rugby and a searing break by Josh Graham deserved better.

Disaster then struck, however, with Buckingham all up flat on the Windsor line, a loose pass was picked off by their left wing, who ran the length of the field to score between the uprights, leaving an easy conversion and the interval score at 19-5.

Windsor restarted the second half but it was Buckingham again who looked more dangerous. Good running from Cook and Turvey kept the hosts in possession and a superb break by Ollie Crompton from his own half took him through the Windsor ranks to score in the corner after eight minutes.

Windsor then upped their game and scored three tries in the next 15 minutes, converting two.

Buckingham were not done yet and were rewarded when the forwards drove over with five minutes remaining, Toby Smith the scorer.

Windsor had the final word with another converted try just before the final whistle.