Buckingham made the trip North up the M6 on Sunday to take on Eccleshall Ladies it a long awaited match.
Buckingham were slow to get started allowing Eccleshall to capitalise on their home side advantage. However utilising any opportunities that arose Buckingham were quick to make a mark when Dee Turner made a break from the back of the scrum. Excellent handling and a good off-load allowed Jo Godfrey to receive and touch down for Buckingham’s first try. Bec Bray added the conversion.
The teams continued to fight hard allowing Buckingham to make several turnovers but were unfortunate not to turn possession into points. A late move before the break allowed Katie Clark to break the line but the referee deemed the ball to knocked forward. This left the score 0 – 7 going into the break.
After the break Buckingham continued to pile on the pressure at the break down, this combined with some excellent recycling of the ball allowed quick hands and Dee Turner dodged her way through the defence to touch down. Bec Bray added the conversion taking the score to 0 – 14 to the visitors.
Eccleshall fought back to regain some composure but were kept out from the points scoring as a result of the strong Buckingham defence. Swans continued to defend their line as Eccleshall pressured the 22 and were unfortunate to have a player sent off. However Eccleshall did not utilise the extra player advantage and the score remained the same.
A tough game for Buckingham as they continue to maintain their place at the top of the table. Women of the match were Sian Brown and Fenella Houlston. Their next game will prove influential as they take on second placed Nottingham Ladies on Sunday.