Leighton battle but cannot overturn first half arrears

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Leighton Buzzard 2nds couldn’t overturn a first half deficit as they went down 12-7 to Buckingham on Saturday.

With the conditions making the afternoon a long, hard one for the forwards, both sides struggled to make huge in-roads, especially in the early going.

Ieuan Thomas missed an early penalty kick, and Leighton couldn’t take advantage when Buckingham were reduced to 14.

With the wind in their favour the home side chipped over the defensive line of Leighton and successfully gained possession, and was on for a try until Jacob Barker put a stop to it with a try saving tackle with only metres to spare.

Multiple rucks and offloads later Buckingham secured the first try, which was followed by a conversion hitting the posts and failing to get the extra points.

Buckingham then took advantage of some defensive disarray from the visitors, as they scored again to make it 12-0 at the interval.

In the second half even though Buzzards had the wind behind them, most of the back line had never played alongside each other which left them struggling to pull off a move that would break Buckingham’s defensive line.

Ten minutes into the second half Buzzards found themselves a scrum in hand on the home sides 5 metre line and with the way scrummaging in their favour they were hopeful of a try, but with multiple resets of the scrum Buzzards were eventually penalised.

Connor Liversuch did eventually get Leighton on the board late in the day, but it was too little too late.