Impressive Buckingham sweep aside Stow to go third

Phil Wright brushes past a Stow defender
Phil Wright brushes past a Stow defender

Buckingham backed up their outstanding win over MK last time out with an equally impressive 42-18 victory away at Stow on the Wold in the Southern Counties North this week.

Buckingham were short of several regulars through injury and unavailability, including skipper Pat Ockendon who was attending the Ryder Cup no less, and a lacklustre start allowed Stow to ease 8-0 ahead.

The visitors then woke from their slumbers and got on the scoreboard through an Ed Kinman penalty before they gathered confidently from the restart, and with Kinman kicking well to the open spaces, the pressure was maintained.

By this stage of the game, the visiting forwards were well on top in the scrums and at the line-out, with Phil Wright making a few trademark forays upfield and finally the pressure culminated in Matt Payne bustling his way over the whitewash to level at 8-8.

From then on Buckingham took control as Kinman picked out Matt Hawker who powered over in the corner before captain for the day James Hulston got in on the act to give his side an 18-8 half-time lead.

Buckingham resumed in the ascendency after the restart as a close-range scrum led to Toby Smith driving under the posts for a try that secured the bonus-point and was also converted by Kinman.

The next score also went the way of the visitors when scrum-half Joe Chalmers collected a loose ball and intelligently found space from about 30 metres out to dart and dummy his way to the line.

The missed conversion was followed by a try for Stow, however this only stung Buckingham back into action with young Coxon sprinting over on the left and while the hosts again hit back, it was Daniel Rolfe who had the final say with a superb solo try, the Buckingham man charing in strongly from 40 metres out for one final score that sealed a dominant 42-18 victory.

Buckingham lie third after three games in the Southern Counties North and they host Thatcham this weekend.