MILTON Keynes crashed out of the Bucks Shield with a 79-10 humbling by local rivals Buckingham on Saturday.
The two sides are set to go head-to-head in the battle to win promotion out of the Southern Counties North league this season, but it was the team from down the A421 who fielded the stronger line-up and left Emerson Valley with 12 tries, plus the psychological advantage.
Playing down the slope in the first half, Buckingham had kicked a penalty and run in two converted tries by the time Paul Dady slotted the ball between the posts for City.
The visitors continued to force the issue and ran home two further tries before the break, both converted, to give them a 31-3 half time lead.
City finally had something to cheer about just after the restart when Jamie Trivino crashed over to score and Dady converted.
The first 20 minutes of the second half was fairly even, but in the final quarter of the game Buckingham ran riot – scoring no less than eight further tries, including four during six minutes of injury time, with the patched up City side out on their feet.
The first scheduled league meeting between the two sides will see them clash back at Emerson Valley in November, but before then City travel to Thatcham this Saturday.