A&C back to winning ways
A&C come through with last gasp try
After an excellent performance against Marlow, A&C welcomed perennial rivals Buckingham to Weedon Lane, whom we beat, narrowly, in October. Matches against Buckingham have been excellent affairs in recent years, with closely-matched teams bringing out the best in each other. As usual the match was played over three periods giving all of the squad plenty of game time
The first ten minutes saw Buckingham apply sustained pressure with A&C unable to get out of their 22. Scrambling defence by all 15 players meant that although Buckingham had multiple phases they were only able to score one try. And from the restart A&C took their first steps into their opponent’s half and promptly scored through Theo Wetherall. Although Buckingham scored another converted try to win the first period 12 – 7, they would have been disappointed that their dominance was not converted into more points.
Multiple changes for both teams brought a more open second period. For the spectator there was much more running rugby, especially from A&C who appeared to find a much sharper cutting edge and were rewarded with two excellent tries, the first from Tom Ates. The second was a superb break from Seb Porter who sliced through the strong Buckingham defence and provide a point perfect offload to the supporting Chris Grint who scored under the posts. At 19 – 12 to A&C at the end of this period momentum appeared to have shifted significantly
Rugby is the most diverse of games and the third period was much more attritional, reflecting that fatigue was setting in perhaps. Buckingham started strongly with their forwards making ground consistently and they raced into a 26 – 19 lead. But with a few incidents spicing up relations between the teams, A&C began to find a team spirit and desire to win that is not always obvious enough and scored through Chris Grint. With time running out A&C stormed towards the Buckingham try line straight from the kick off battering at the gain line whilst Buckingham through themselves into tackle after tackle. And with the last play of the match a couple of phases provided just enough space in the defence for Chris Grint to score again. 29 – 26 to A&C and an almighty cheer from the touchline showed how exciting this pulsating match, against formidable opponents, had been
After a run of defeats this win against high quality opponents was an excellent early Christmas present for a team that has endured lots of change and a few very tough matches during November.
Thanks to Buckingham for making the journey south and to Mark McKenzie-Crooks for his excellent refereeing