On Saturday, Long Buckby Firsts travelled to Wellingborough for their second league game of 2012. After last week’s good showing against league leaders Peterborough Lions, Buckby were in confident mood for facing mid-table Wellingborough.
Things started well for Buckby when Wellingborough fluffed their kick-off and gave their visitors an early opportunity to demonstrate their dominance at the scrum. Minutes later, excellent linking between Richard Ryan and Sam Thomas put the latter over in the corner. Jonny Palmer
made light work of a difficult conversion to put Bucky seven points ahead.
Retaliation was swift when the hosts won a scrum on the Buckby 10 metre line and managed to evade the Buckby defence to put one of their very fast runners over under the posts. 7-7.
In reply, Buckby managed to creep ahead to 7-10 courtesy of Jonny Palmer
with a well struck penalty from the Wellingborough 22. Wellingborough were having none of it, though, and hit back with a brilliant interception try. So brilliant, in fact, that it was subsequently, and quite rightly, judged to be offside. The denial unsettled the hosts and caused them to give away a stream of penalties, fuelled by a crescendo of moaning from their supporters. Once comfortably inside the Wellingborough 22, Buckby took the next penalty offered quickly, allowing Jonny Palmer
to penetrate and get winger Tom Evans
across the line near the corner. No conversion but Buckby were now leading 7-15.
As the second quarter got underway, an unfortunate blue-on-blue collision saw Richard Ryan limp off with a knee injury. Enter substitute Dylan Roberts
, brought out of retirement for the second week running, who once again rose to the challenge with alacrity and ensured that Buckby’s rhythm continued uninterrupted.
With an eight point advantage, Buckby really needed to close out the half without admitting another score, but it was not to be and Wellingborough managed to sneak in an unconverted try to send the teams in at half time with the scores standing at 12-15.
After such a fine showing in the first half, Buckby’s expectations for the second were high, but were about to be dashed. From the kick-off, Buckby appeared to be on the back foot and even in attack were relentlessly driven back by an invigorated Wellingborough. In total, Wellingborough managed to notch up a further 36 points against Long Buckby’s none. This made the final score 48-15 – a thoroughly deserved victory for Wellingborough in what was a very sporting and excellently refereed match.
So what went wrong? Answers on a postcard please to:
15 Noteven Close
Just South of Dismal