Ockendon grabs three tries but Witney edge thriller

Pat Ockendon ran in three tries for Buckingham
Pat Ockendon ran in three tries for Buckingham

A much improved Buckingham side matched highflying Witney all the way in an exciting game at Maids Morton last Saturday but were just pipped 27-24.

A narrow defeat could so easily have been a victory as fly-half White hit the upright with a second half penalty and narrowly missed with another on the final whistle.

It would have given Buckingham a deserved draw after their second half display which saw them come from 22-7 down to inch in front 24-22 before Witney scored again with two minutes remaining.

From the kick-off both sides made their intentions clear as the ball was moved out wide at every opportunity, but it was Buckingham who were quicker to the breakdown, with their backrow of Ockendon, O’Leary and Amos prominent throughout.

However both defences stood firm under constant threat and the game went on for twenty three minutes before a drive from the Witney pack ended with a try for their prop wide out.

Buckingham came back strongly and Pat Ockendon broke through to score with Andy White adding the conversion after thirty two minutes.The lead was to last only five minutes as Witney scored again to go in at half time 12-7 in front.

The second half was only five minutes old when Witney scored a converted try followed soon after by a penalty to give them a commanding 22-7 lead.

However the home side fought back in decisive fashion keeping the visitors penned in their own half with a wave of attacks.

A second try from Ockendon with the extra two points from White lifted the players and supporters and 23 minutes into the half a third try from man of the match Ockendon narrowed the gap to one point.

Buckingham took the lead for the first time, White slotting over a penalty after 30 minutes.Witney managed one final attack and snatched victory two minutes from time.

Nevertheless much encouragement can be taken from this display with a trip to Olney beckoning on Saturday, the Bucks side themselves having suffered two defeats in their opening games.