It was unfortunate that the game was not allowed to flow as it could have, with play often moving on very swiftly and leading to one try being dis-allowed for each side. It was difficult to tell from the sidelines whether Buckby's kept control of the ball in their attempt attempt to lay the ball down by stretching one handed over the line, but they were unfortunate as the ref was unsighted in any case and brought play back for a 5 metre scrum.
Buckby steadily ground out a lead of 10-0, but tries from Gary Bowers and Bobby Green meant that BB clawed their way back to 13-12, with Tim Brown kicking his second conversion attempt, the first having swung into the upright.
Despite having a strong and mobile back line, BB shipped the ball little, and the pace available in both halves from the wings was rarely utilised. Once Craig Howting had moved to full back, he counter-attacked vigorously, surprising Buckby with the speed and strength of his runs. Kev Marson was unlucky with the ball only five yards out, but both Dan Denton and Mark Ceeley continue to make an impact and grow in confidence.
Despite the lack of ball, Tommy Buswell did outstanding work in the centres, securing a good half dozen try-saving tackles. When the ball was available, Dave Curtis took advantage to break into the opposition, and Paddy Phillips was on the money with his distribution off the boot.
The curse struck again - this time for BB - and was a particular shame for our friendly South African - Sean Fagun. A very strong 20 yard run with 10 minutes to go ended with him being brought up short of the line, albeit with a few Buckby players hanging off him. Despite this, a last stretch as Sean rolled on to his back allowed him to reach out and place the ball very clearly with both hands above his head to score. It was almost as if he was reaching for his English naturalisation papers.
This could have brought the score to 18-21, but it wasn't to be and the try wasn't given. In the end it was Buckby's consistency in kicking penalties - frequently given away too easily - that was the difference.
Both sides appeared to enjoy the game thoroughly, and it would have been interesting to see how much of a difference a full flowing game would have made.
Nevertheless, pretty much the whole team played fantastically as one unit, supporting their team mates and were able to hold their heads up high when they came of the pitch. Thanks also to those who volunteered not to play in order to give others a chance. Well done to all.