There can't have been many more exciting games at Station Road this season!
Bearing in mind that these two teams are already promoted and Stewart & Lloyds are unassailable as champions both sets of players could have been forgiven for simply "going through the motions" however this was defintely not the case.
Buckby started the stronger getting an early foothold in S&L territory but the "Blacks" defence held firm and after 20mins no one had broken the deadlock.
Buckby came the closest when Fergus Murray made a bullocking charge only to see Mikey Kemp tackled before the ball reached him. This resulted in a yellow card for S&L and from the penalty Buckby kicked to the corner. From the line out they then rumbled towards the line but Tim Lewis was held up just short. The ball was recycled and Alex Valentine broke through to feed Andy Oliver who scored the opening try which Ryan Clark converted.
This sparked Stewart & Lloyds into life and they immediately went on the offensive winning a line out on Buckby's 22 and forcing the ball over the line to bring the scores level at 7 v 7.
There was still time for the restart and from the kick off S&L conceded a penalty which Clark kicked to the corner. Andy Frankland won the line out and the miss move in the middle bringing full back Jonny Nixon into the line worked like a dream as like a knife through butter he went in under the posts.
HALF TIME 14 v 7
The second half was an equally tight affair. Richard Ryan continued to snipe and Nick Dixon did his best to break through but it was Stewart & Lloyds who got the first score when Buckby were adjudged to have deliberately knocked on and, from the penalty, they score three points to make it 14 v 10.
A subsequent penalty in the same position went begging and as Stewart and Lloyds struggled to break Buckby's grip on the game they were forced to throw tighter and tighter passes one of which Fergus Murray intercepted to run fully 50m and score under the posts. Clark added the two points to increase the lead to eleven.
On 62 mins Stewart and Lloyds were given a lift when John Paul Watters was yellowed for a high tackle and from the penalty they kicked to the corner allowing their no. 7 to score their second try. The kick was missed so Bucby's lead remained at 6 points.
This was to prove invaluable as, in the dying minutes, S&L were awarded a string of penalties but rather than being able to drive their line out over in the corner they were forced to try and get a more central position. On the final penalty they chose the scrummage under the posts and the smallest man on the park, Timmy Dixon, epitomized the Buckby spirit by choke tackling a much bigger opposition player and holding him up in the maul. With a glance at the watch the referee blew for time and the celebrations began.
Team: Ollie Spokes, Tim Dixon, Tim Lewis, Ross McPhillips, Dave Wardle, Sam Evans, Fergus Murray, Andrew Frankland, Richard Ryan, Ryan Clark, Mikey Kemp, Alex Valentine, Nick Dixon, Andy Oliver, Jonny Nixon.
Replacements: John Paul Watters, Sam Dudgeon, Andrew Tarplee
Tries: Andy Oliver, Jonny Nixon, Fergus Murray
Conversions: Ryan Clark (3)