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Bucks lose out in dying minutes of the game.
There are two things you need to know about Sharnbrook & Colworth Rugby Club; it’s not easy to find and it’s a hidden gem. Arriving in glorious sunshine and dressed more in keeping with a trip to the beach, the Bucks were in great spirits. Well with a full squad and 3 reserves why wouldn’t they be!
Unfortunately an association referee wasn’t available so the Sharnbrook coach stepped in to referee the game ensuring it could go ahead.
Little did we know what a close fought game would be played out on a lush green pitch with a backdrop of trees displaying early Autumn colours. Never the less this was not sufficient to distract the players from the significant slope of the pitch which must be fantastic for local children when it snows! Buck’s captain, Michael Kemp’s first decision of the game was to choose which hand the referee held the whistle in. Unfortunately his powers of deduction failed him and the Bucks started the game playing downhill. This was to be a misfortune.
From the off Bucks went on the attack and with some brilliant team handling and good pressure Ryan Clark was able to break through for the first try in just under 4 minutes, which he also converted. Bucks kept the pressure and handling up but unfortunately when in the red zone made a few too many handling errors when it came to the try scoring pass, which would come to haunt them in the second half.
After a brilliant substitution by the coach, Josh Brown, who’d only been on a minute, managed to hold on to a pass from Edward Sitch, weave his way through the opposition and score Buck’s second try. There was some notable support play in the first half by Scott Bayes, Ross McPhillips, Steve Shinkins, Oliver Sitch and Adam Foster but unfortunately 10 minutes from the end of the first half Sharnbrook started to turn the tide and managed to score their first try and conversion ending the half 7-12.
The half time talk was positive. Everyone was buoyed up with their performance and looked forward to closing the game out. Oh the plans of mice and men - Sharnbrook’s talk must have been better as 1 minute into the second half Sharnbrook scored their second try bringing the scores level. The game became a lot more even as the slope favoured the home side however from a lineout close to Sharnbrook’s 22 metres the Bucks won the ball and drove the perfect maul towards the line. Scott Bayes broke away ten metres from the line and bashed his way to the touch line putting Bucks back in the lead.
The lead was short lived however as 3 minutes later Sharnbrook crossed for their third try of the day. With the slope beginning to sap Buck’s energy first up tackles began to be missed giving Sharnbrook the upper hand. Nine minutes from the end Sharnbrook scored again and converted. Bucks, not to be deterred, went looking for the equaliser and from a lineout 8 metres away from Sharnbrook’s line Scott Bayes scored is second try off the back of another driving maul. Unfortunately the conversion was missed and even with 5 minutes injury time Bucks were unable to get any more points and Sharnbrook scored a further try ending the game 31-22 a final score that possibly had more to do with gravity (imagine a cannon ball rolling down the hill).
This brings Richard Foster's tenure to an end and he will be handing the reins back to Ricky Nixon. The Bucks should regroup and have much to learn from this month's playing for the future. He wishes them well.
There's a third thing you need to know about Sharnbrook Rugby Club - that is that they hold with tradition; a warm welcome, good food and bon homie. Doris, apparently everyone knows him by that name, cooked the food, and played and hosted. Asked for our man of the match, Edward Sitch gamely stepped up as Scott Bayes had already left. Together with their ‘cannon ball’ and the vice captain who won the arm wrestle against his brother, Ed valiantly competed in the race to down a pint. Unsurprisingly it was ‘cannon ball’ who made the grade, much to everyone’s delight. A return visit to Sharnbrook RFC would be great when it’s snowing with sledges but one things for sure, when we play the return game we owe them a great Buckby welcome!
Match report and photos courtesy of Jan Foster #theoriginalbuckbyphotographer #progressivepix
Man of the Match : Scott Bayes
Tries: Ryan Clark, Josh Brown, Scott Bayes (2)
Conversion : Ryan Clark
Team : Oliver Sitch, Dave Roberts, Steve Shinkins, Ross McPhillips, Jamie Clarke, Scott Bayes, William Howells, Michael Van Milligan, Mikey Kemp, Ryan Clark, George Boston, Edward Sitch, Steve Cantrill, Phil Webb, Nick Twigg, Darren Goode, Adam Foster, Josh Brown