Back on track
Comfortable win for Buckingham this time
In contrast to their encounters last season with Reading, where the away sides recorded 7 point wins, Buckingham ran out reasonably comfortable home winners in the teams first encounter this season.
The hosts started the more positively of the two sides, dominating possession, with much of the play in the Reading half. A probing kick ahead by Clarke almost led to an opening try by winger Gillie, but it was called back for offside. A penalty from a straightforward position was the surprisingly missed by the normally dependable Kinman. Buckingham kept up the pressure with Chalmers sniping round the scrums and from a further penalty close to the posts Kinman made no mistake.
Reading then mounted their first real spell of pressure and were rewarded with a penalty to tie the score at 3-3 after 25 minutes.
Buckingham gradually regained their earlier domination and feeling confident elected to take a scrum penalty inside the 22 instead of a kick at goal. They were however pushed off the ball... an area where Reading probably had the upper hand for most of the game. The hosts then got a bit careless with two clearing kicks being charged down and play became rather error ridden with dropped passes and knock ons. A touchline wag commented that the players were discombobulated today”
Buckingham however got their act together and finished the half strongly. Good play from Gurney, Prime, Temple and Payne kept the pressure on the visitors. Clarke succumbed to a nasty knee injury and was replaced by Nagy. Pressure final told and after a fine well supported run by Green Kinman powered over the try line, adding a fine conversion to close the first half with the home side leading 10-3.
The second half started well for the hosts when Gillie intercepted an ambitious pass scampering over between the posts with the visitors somewhat aggrieved believing they were playing an advantage and that play should have been called back. Kinman again added the extras.
Tomlinson departed for his usual rest with Cracker coming on and the versatile Lee switching to flanker. A further penalty took the score to 20-3 and the home side appeared to have the game won. The obvious joy at winning turnovers exhibited by both sides illustrated that the game was still hard fought. Prime saw yellow and went off for 10 minutes ...maybe to catch up with Tommo!
The home team continued to press kicking a penalty to touch then winning the subsequent line out with Nagy running strongly on his weekend home, picking up the ball on his toes at one point.
From a further line out Barker forced his way over for a score which was improved by Kinman.
The final score of the game to secure a bonus point came from Prime with a break from open play 15 metres out. The resultant conversion was missed with the score standing at 32-3.
Nagy put in a series of excellent kicks from hand in the final 5 minutes and the tackling from the Buckingham backline returned to its usual high standard.
Tyler Green was man of the match and Nagys dad took home the fizz for predicting the score.
A good win for Buckingham that takes them to fourth in the table, and with results in Southern Counties North continuing to be very unpredictable this league is still very open with many teams bunched tightly in the middle. Reading drop to second bottom, but are surely too good a side to reamain there.
Match report by Finlay Gemmell