Lane targets promotion

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BUCKINGHAM RUFC 1st XV coach Alan Lane promises there is more to come from his side as they head into 2013 aiming for promotion.

Buckingham are currently fourth in the Southern Counties North having won seven of their opening 11 games.

Lane said: “For the most part we’ve played well and displayed some really good rugby. We’ve scored lots of points but we lost a couple of games that we would have hoped to have won.

“We’re only eight points off top so we’re still right up there and the good thing for us is that we still have to play two of the top three at home and we haven’t lost at home this year so that’s looking positive.

“Our problem this year has been the amount of injuries, we have a few players out for the rest of the season. Andy Turvey and Adam Whiter are both injured and they’re two county players so it’s a big loss, but we do have players due back in the new year.

“There’s certainly more to come. I didn’t think we’d have lost three games already and drawn one so it’s a bit below where I was aiming, but we’re still in touch with the leaders.”

Despite occupying fourth, Buckingham are comfortably the highest points scorers in the division after racking up 499 points from 11 games – 158 more than the next team.

Lane added: “It’s a big positive, we’ve had a good level of open, running rugby and the players are enjoying the way we play so it’s pleasing.”

A sizeable chunk of Buckingham’s points this season came in their last game before Christmas when they hammered Slough 122-0.

Lane added: “The most pleasing aspect of that was the discipline we showed – it’s easy to lose your discipline when you’re racking up so many points but we didn’t and that’s why the score mounted up.”