Syston 27 Leighton Buzzard 1st xv 15
For the second time this month Leighton took one of the long away trips, this time to Leicestershire to play recently relegated Syston. This time without 1st xv manager John McDougal who volunteered to stay and referee the 2nd team game to allow 40 players to get a game of rugby at Leighton buzzard Rugby Club.
Having played for a number of years at a higher level the speed and accuracy of the Leicestershire men was soon apparent and with a strong scrum and well oiled lineout they soon found themselves 12-0 up against the traveling team from Bedfordshire. Unfortunately the captain, Mike Lynch, came off second best after a tackle and had to retire injured after only ten minutes on the pitch.
Leighton had to shuffle the front row but were soon able to fight their way back into the game with Tom Mowbray going over for the first Leighton try of the afternoon. 12-5. The remainder of the half was a hard fought affair but on the stroke of half time, with the home side pressing Leighton’s line Jacob Barker was stuck at the bottom of a ruck, penalised for not rolling away and given a yellow card. Syston were unable to capitalise from the penalty and the half time score was 12-5.
After the break Syston made their way into the Buzzard 22 and were rewarded with a penalty which they converted to extend their lead. 15-5. Full Back Ben Beaumont was having to make a huge number of tackles and clearance kicks. From a lineout Syston spread the ball wide and scored in the corner to make it 20-5. For the next twenty minutes Leighton competed well and were making breaks against the home side but were unable to get on the board. Syston took advantage, this time with a converted try to gain the bonus point for four tries and extend their lead to 27-5.
Using the bench and working to the Leighton strengths, Leighton came back into the game and after a break from scrum half ward was caught just short of the line quick work enabled Tom Mowbray to go over for his second of the afternoon. With minutes to go and pressing the home team line after Ed Wiggins broke down the left wing, Leighton spun the ball wide for Arran Perry to score from the right. Conversion missed making the final score 27-15.
Leighton lost against good opposition but in a much improved performance. Next week Leighton welcome another relegated, but high flying team, Bedford Athletic to Wright’s Meadow. 3pm Kick off