Beaconsfield edge a close game
Last minute penalty topples league leaders
As predicted this was always going to be a very close encounter with the top of the league Buckingham looking to retain their unbeaten run against second from the top Beaconsfield, who had only lost one match.
On the coldest match day so far this season the game was watched by a large crowd following the very well attended supporter’s lunch.
From the kick off Buckingham kicked away possession which resulted in putting themselves under pressure. Although they defended well the Beaconsfield forwards powered over for an early try which was unconverted . After the restart both sides played ping pong , kicking back and forth with possession evenly split until Craig Coxon made a superb break down the left hand side of the pitch feeding Mat Payne who found another gear (which no one knew existed) and streaked down the line before being tackled. Both sides remained evenly matched with possession constantly changing sides when there was another good break by Joel Coxon which was ended by an excellent tackle.
Beaconsfield fought their way back to a better field position when a poor clearance kick by Buckingham found its way directly into the arms of the oncoming winger who was only just tackled into touch in the corner. Buckingham defended their line well initially until the opposition centre scored a deserved try which was converted. After the restart Beaconsfield kicked downfield for position but after a great take and pass from Jamie Temple Buckingham once again kicked away possession. A scrappy phase ensued with questionable kicking from Buckingham which led to Beaconsfield winning a scrum on Buckingham’s try line. However, a strong defence turning over the ball and winning a penalty on their own try line relieved the pressure allowing Buckingham to gain ground downfield.
The Beaconsfield fly half then produced a superb piece of individual play, chipping over the top of the defending players, catching the ball and running 50 yards downfield before being tackled just before half time. 0-12 at the break.
Straight after the restart a run break by Phil Wright straight down the middle of the pitch raised a huge roar from the home supporters who were in excellent spirit after the lunch. His kick, worthy of Owen Farrell, then bounced into touch right in the defending sides corner. Buckingham then proceeded to pin their opposite numbers down and after winning two penalties, opting for the scrum on both occasions, they suddenly spread the ball wide sending Toby Smith over in the opposite corner. The try went unconverted.
After the restart Buckingham turned the screw and applied pressure with good counter rucks and forwards offloading down a minimal blind side into opposition territory. Unfortunately the ball went to touch allowing Beaconsfield to clear their lines.
Buckingham then conceded a penalty for going off their feet and immediately afterwards another penalty which gave Beaconsfield a good field position from where they drove over in the corner . The try was not converted. Following the restart Buckingham gave away another penalty for holding onto the ball; at this point things were not coming together for the home side who were unable to string together three or four phases. They then missed touch with two penalty kicks putting themselves under unnecessary pressure. It was at this point in the game that Buckingham needed something inspirational to change the flow of play which was superbly delivered by Max Nagy ,who chipped the ball downfield followed by two more fly hacks and finally winning the close race to the line to score a great individual try . This is just what was needed , reversing the run of play forcing Beaconsfield to concede two penalties and Buckingham applying relentless pressure culminating with another good try by Tom Warren in the corner . A close match was always predicted but no one could foresee 17-17 with two minutes to go!
Just before the whistle a penalty was awarded against Buckingham for not rolling away and their impressive No 10 duly delivered with an excellent 40 yard kick. 17-20 to the visitors, who probably justly edged a very close game.
Man of the match - Max Nagy