Superb Buckingham storm top after resounding Reading win

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A scintillating performance from Buckingham 1st XV saw them storm to a magnificent 73-7 win against Reading Abbey and put them top of Southern Counties North.

The re-arranged league match was played under the Maids Moreton floodlights on Wednesday evening and a crowd of almost 500 was in attendance to witness a magnificent Buckingham display that takes them top with two games left.

Phil Wright touches down for a try

Phil Wright touches down for a try

Prior to kick-off, the Northampton & District Rugby Alliance president Barry Timms presented Buckingham captain Tom Amos with the March Ball of the Month award following Buckingham’s 11 game winning streak.

In front of the large crowd, Buckingham started at a gallop and were six points up from the boot of Andy White in the first seven minutes and thereafter, they kept the heavy Abbey forwards on the back foot as the mobile home eight dominated possession both in tight and loose play.

This was the complete team performance with Buckingham achieving their bonus point with four tries before half-time and a 35-0 lead.

Things got even better after the interval as they ran in a further seven tries, allowing Abbey a solitary score in reply. much against the run of play.

Buckingham try scorers were: Phil Wright (4), Callum Gillie (3), Sam Clapham (2), Seth Williams and James Hulston with White adding six conversions.

The win over Reading completed a stunning week for Buckingham following their 111-12 win against Slough at the weekend.

The writing was on the wall almost from the kick-off as the home side gave away two penalties as Buckingham drove down field and White converted the second to give them a three point start.

Minutes later, a break by Clapham supported by Matt Payne put Wright in the clear for the first try followed by James Bernard and Dom Reynolds, all converted by White to give Buckingham a 24-0 lead with only 15 minutes on the clock.

It was all one way traffic and Buckingham wrapped up their bonus point fourth try through Laird and scored four more before the interval with Clapham, Theo Mettenheimer, Bernard and White all successful to put Buckingham out of sight 57-7 at the break.

The visitors resumed as they left off, Temple bursting clear to send Clark on his way before Jack Sawbridge crashed his way over.

Next, Tom Cook made the break for Wright to score his second followed by Mettenheimer to do likewise.

Buckingham were now in cruise control with Jack Cluness, Wright for his hat-trick and two for Pat Ockendon completing the rout. Seven more conversions for the excellent White taking his total to 14,

This Saturday, Buckingham host second from bottom Tadley at 3pm.