This Saturday Cents supporters saw another highly competitive match at the Bridge when league newcomers Buckingham came to play a home side in good form at the moment.
Buckingham have never played Cents before in any competition and they achieved promotion to South West one (East) from one of the Southern Counties league last season,finishing as runners up to Windsor.
On Saturdays performance they should have no trouble staying up as the looked a very useful side and had just as much possession as the home side but lacked their cutting edge in the backs.For large parts of the match they defended well especially in the first half when Cents could not find a way through until right on half time.
Buckingham led for most of the first half 0-10 through a penalty try plus conversion and on the balance of play they deserved their lead in a highly entertaining first 38 minutes.However on the stroke of half time Cents scored a crucial try after camping on the visitors line for five minutes and it was scored by no.8 Tim Wilcox,converted by Harry Preece.
Score at half time 7-10 to Buckingham.
After a couple of changes at half time Cents started the second half on the attack and were rewarded when Rob Winchle crashed over under the posts after a fine run from the half way line,Rob had come on at half time and his inclusion added that extra attacking know how.The try was converted by Harry Preece and Cents now had their noses in front at 14-10, however their lead was reduced to 14-13 not long afterwards when Buckingham converted a penalty.
This was the closest Buckingham got to Cents as the home side went on to get their try bonus point after scoring a further three tries all converted by Harry Preece who had a good day with the boot.Cents tries were scored by Luke Dilley and Alex Cox(2) one of which must be contender for try of the season already.Alex fielded a kick by the Buckingham fly half and he ran the length of the field evading all attempted tackles along the way.
Final score 35-16 to Cents,Buckingham converted a penalty for their other points.
Once a gain Cents were made to work hard for another win that kept them second in the table and with another battling performance against another good side to visit the bridge they should hopefully continue in their quest for another shot at promotion.On today's performance Buckingham can take great credit in their performance as they were not over awed and they should have a good season in their new league.
Cents next week travel to Beaconsfield a place they lost at last season in the dying moments and being able to pick from a strong squad Cents will be looking to over turn last season's loss.However Beaconsfield will not be easy as they do not lose many at home.