Bletchley’s cup run ended in first round

Bletchley vs Buckingham. Pic: Tom Blackman
Bletchley vs Buckingham. Pic: Tom Blackman

Bletchley’s Bucks County Cup campaign came to an end at the first hurdle on Saturday as they were beaten 27-16 by Buckingham at Manor Fields.

Things got off to a great start for the home side though, as thye took the lead inside five minutes.

Bletchley vs Buckingham. Pic: Tom Blackman

Bletchley vs Buckingham. Pic: Tom Blackman

Euan Copeland’s chip through saw Tom Hannell dive over the try line to open the scoring.

Four minutes later and fly half Phil Harman extended Bletchley’s lead to 8-0 with a penalty.

The game settled down with both sides probing weaknesses in defence, but promising moves were thwarted as both sides were able to close the play down.

Buckingham began to gain the upper hand towards the end of the first half and they were rewarded for their efforts with a try in the 40th minute. The ball went through hands quickly and Bletchley’s defence were breached allowing the visitors to reduce the deficit to 8-5.

Buckingham almost took a half time lead from the restart and it took a brilliant cover tackle by Kyle Gibbings to deny them their second try.

Bletchley started the second half pushing hard to extend their lead, but it was Buckingham who took their chances first with a score in the 50th minute to take a two point lead.

With the play very even between two sides who will meet in the league this season, it took a Harman drop goal to put Bletchley back in front.

Bletchley had a narrow one point 11-10 lead with 60 minutes played.

After that, it was all Buckingham as they scored three tries in quick succession. One was a 75m effort from the Buckingham full back as he took the ball in his own 22 and ran the length of the pitch to score, evading a couple of tackles on the way.

Bletchley did reduce the deficit with a try in the 8th minute of injury time.

The score was a mirror image of their first try with a rolling maul from a lineout crossing the whitewash. This time it was Adam Fox who came up with the ball.

The final score of 27-16 meant Bletchley would not be in the draw for the next round of the Bucks Cup, but they could be pleased with many elements of their performance that bodes well for the long season ahead.