New Coach and Director of Rugby Operations
New Coach and Director of Rugby Operations
AGM 2017
AGM 2017
100 and 200 club winners  April 2017
100 and 200 club winners April 2017
1st team v Melton Mowbray 22nd April 2016
1st team v Melton Mowbray 22nd April 2016
1st xv v Market raesen and Louth 8th April 2017
1st xv v Market raesen and Louth 8th April 2017
1st xv v Lutterworth 1st April 2017
1st xv v Lutterworth 1st April 2017
1st xv v Wellingborough 25th March 2017
1st xv v Wellingborough 25th March 2017
Ivor Prewett
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1st v Kettering 11th March 2017
1st v Kettering 11th March 2017
1st xv v Ilkeston 4th March 2016
1st xv v Ilkeston 4th March 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club Announce New Head Coach and a Director of Rugby Operations for 2017-18 season

Following the departure of long time coaching team Alban Turney and Andy Micans Leighton Buzzard RFC has recruited a new Head coach for the senior men’s teams. Tom Mowbray has played at national leagues level for  Tring and Chinnor is currently a development office with the RFU and a qualified level 2 coach.

The clubs new Director of Rugby Operations Dave Larham, was instrumental in bringing Tom to the club and is currently working on plans for the coaching structure at the club, from minis to 1st team. Dave said  “I would like to thank the Board of Directors at Leighton Buzzard RFC for offering me this exciting opportunity to be Director of Rugby Operations at Wright’s Meadow.

My primary responsibility will be to develop the playing policy of the Club and I am delighted to be working with new Head Coach Tom Mowbray; who have I have coached previously at Tring RUFC and Chinnor RFC and work with at the RFU. Tom will be joined by a new look coaching team and management team, recruited to build on the great work performed by previous coaches Alban Turney and Andy Micans; both of whom I would like to personally thank for their professionalism and commitment over many years.

I look forward to the opportunities and challenges in helping to support the development of our Senior Rugby, Senior Academy, Junior Academy and Minis; and building a culture of continual improvement and enjoyment.

We have five weeks until the start of pre-season and I look forward to getting to know our existing player-base while trying to recruit new adult and junior players in to Leighton Buzzard RFC.

Tom Mowbray, new Head coach; “I would like to thank everyone at Leighton Buzzard RFC for giving me this opportunity to be head coach at Wright’s Meadow. I would personally like to thank Alban and Andy for their hard work and loyalty to Leighton Buzzard, they have built a fantastic squad here at Wright’s Meadow and I am very excited to build on their hard work.

I’m also looking forward to working closely with new Director of Rugby Operations Dave Larham, over the years we have built a strong relationship through the rugby world. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge having been Head coach at Aylesbury RFC for many years, and working  with Wasps through the DPP program. I’m very excited to find out what the future brings at Wright’s Meadow and to develop and drive this senior squad forward.”

Club Chairman Gordon Fletcher; “After a number of successful years, including promotion and a welcome return to Midlands 1 rugby, the coaching team, Alban and Andy felt it was time to step aside. I would like to thank them for their efforts both as players and then as coaches for their many years of loyal service to the Buzzards.

I would also like to thank Claire Batty, our physio who is stepping down after a number of years for her commitment and professionalism when caring for players both on the field of play and those returning from injury to full fitness again.

This is a fantastic new direction for the club and Dave as Director of Rugby Operations and Tom as Head Coach are looking to build a coaching team and develop our coaches at all levels within the club. This will help us to develop our players to enable everyone to play at  the highest level possible for Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club. “

Leighton Buzzard will hold an open day at the club on the 2nd July for all mini, junior and senior players both new and existing.  Tom and Dave will be looking to meet all senior the players and coaches prior to the start of pre-season training on the 4th July. The first league game of the new season is at home on the 2nd September against newly promoted Oundle.

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otice of 60th Annual General Meeting 2017

Leighton Buzzard Rugby Football Club Limited

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the above-named company will be held at the clubhouse on Wednesday 21st June at 7.30 p.m. for the following purposes:

  1. To receive and adopt the company’s accounts and reports of the auditors for the period ended 30th April 2017.
  2. To receive the report from the Chairman on the activities of the Club.
  3. To approve the appointment of Life Members.
  4. To approve the election of Vice-Presidents.
  5. To approve the Subscriptions for the forthcoming season.
  6. To appoint the Club’s auditors.
  7. To elect Officers of the club for the period 2017/2018, including:
    1. President
    2. Chairman
    3. Secretary
    4. Treasurer
    5. Bar Secretary
    6. General Committee members
    7. Company Directors
  8. To agree the date of the next Annual General Meeting.
  9. To consider any other business (to be notified to the Company Secretary at least 24 hours prior to commencement of the meeting)

Dated:

Thursday 11th  May

By order of the board

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Secretary

A member entitled to attend and vote at the meeting convened by this notice is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote on a poll in his/her place. 

 

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August 2016 £100 Darren Braybrook £500 Rod Keating
July 2016 £100 Dennis Jordan £500 Darren Braybrook
June 2016 £100 G Taylor Watkins £2,500 Nick Turney
May 2016  £100  Audrey Garland  £500  Richard Allen
April 2016  £100 Steve Draper   £500  Chris Phelps
March 2016 £100 G Taylor Atkins £500 RM Evans
February 2016 £100 S. D'Sylva £500 A Linden
January 2016 £100 T McCann £500 Graham  Magill
December 2015 £1,000 Dennis Jordan £2,500 Gordon Fletcher
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November 2015 £100 Mr M hardy £500 Carl Siddon
October 2015 £100 Amanda Wilkins £500 SM Davies
September 2015 £100 Mr M Hardy £500 Carl Siddon
August 2015 £100 Mrs S Davies £500 Kerry Boyd
July 2015 £100 SM Davies £500 Steve Cooper
June 2015 £100 D McLafferty £2,500 C Turner
May 2015 £100 B Irvine £500 C. Bundle
April 2015 £100 R Dillamore £500 J Bettle
March 2015 £100 P Shepard £500 T Guerrieria
February 2015 £100 P Burton £500 C. Janes
January 2015 £100 S Rodgers £500 I Prewitt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOURTEEN MEN BUZZARDS SECURE VITAL WIN 

 
LEIGHTON BUZZARD 30 -22 MELTON MOWBRAY
 
Leighton Buzzard won their final league game to avoid relegation from Midlands I East, but had to do so with fourteen men for most of the game after flanker Tom Byard was sent off after only six minutes.
 
The match had started brilliantly for Buzzards – in the first minute, a break by captain Euan Irwin was taken on by Jordan Cummings who passed to Ollie Taylor to sprint under the posts. Lee Walker’s conversion made the score 7-0. However this initial confidence was shaken five minutes later when Tom Byard was given a straight red card for a tip tackle. However, motivated by the knowledge that this was a must win match, the seven man pack raised their game, with Jon Henkes and Jordan Cummings both having their best games for the club. 
 
Having missed a penalty after sixteen minutes, Lee Walker extended the lead to 10-0 with a successful attempt four minutes later. The lead was extended further after 28 minutes with a fine individual try from Euan Irwin. Whilst the conversion was missed, Leighton had built a 15-0 lead and were halfway towards what might be a vital four-try bonus point.
 
Melton Mowbray’s first-half performance had been handicapped by two yellow cards that meant for twenty minutes they did not have their anticipated numerical advantage. Towards the end of the half, with their full team on the pitch, they turned up the pressure – with two minutes of the half left  they scored a try in the corner, to make the score 15-5. Time was left for Buzzards to miss another penalty attempt just before half time. 
 
There was an anxious feel to the start of the second half but nerves were calmed after seven minutes by an exceptional individual try from Arran Perry, breaking from forty metres out. Ollie Taylor converted to put Buzzards 22-5 ahead. However Melton Mowbray, now playing downhill, scored a try of their own only two minutes later, with their large pack driving over. With the successful conversion, Leighton’s lead was cut to 10 points at 22-12. 
 
Fourteen minutes into the second half, Buzzards scored their fourth try securing a bonus point. Quick hands in the backs made space for Ollie Taylor to score his second try, wide on the left wing. Whilst the difficult conversion was missed, the bonus point meant that Buzzards had to win to be sure of retaining their place in the league next season. An Ollie Taylor penalty pushed the lead to 30-12 with eighteen minutes left. 
 
With eleven minutes left, Melton Mowbray’s blindside flanker was rather harshly sent off for a second yellow card offence, reducing both sides to fourteen men. Despite this, the visitors were in the ascendency and scored again with five minutes left and then with the final play of the match to leave the final score 30-22. Both sides contributed to an entertaining game of rugby, with Leighton’s will to win and commitment a vital component of their success. 
 
There was much celebration as Buzzards finished 10th – in a very tight competitive league only 4 points separated 12th (and relegation) and 7th place. Man of the match was awarded to Euan Irwin (who is standing down as captain), as much for his inspirational leadership as his individual try. Next season Buzzards will need to succeed with a new captain and without long time leading player and this season’s top try scorer Ryan Fraser, who announced his retirement.   
 
 

 

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DRAMATIC LAST-MINUTE SECURES BUZZARDS A VITAL BONUS POINT

MARKET RASEN AND LOUTH 47 – 24 LEIGHTON BUZZARD

In an extraordinary finish Leighton Buzzard scored two tries in the last minute of the game to secure a four-try bonus point and ensure the battle for league survival is still in their hands. This dramatic finale put a gloss on what was otherwise a poor second-half performance as Buzzards were well beaten by their Lincolnshire -based hosts.

On a hot and sunny afternoon, Buzzards chose to play with the benefit of a slight breeze. Leighton almost took the lead after three minutes when a Lee Walker penalty bounced off the posts. However,  eight minutes later, and following good play and ball retention through a number of phases, Wills Messum opened the scoring . The try was converted by Lee Walker to give Buzzards an early 7-0 lead.

Moments later, Leighton were unable to capitalise on a superb fifty metre break by Zak Tift but slowly the home side were becoming more dangerous. Whilst the Buzzard lineout was working well, the scrum was coming under increasing pressure from the Market Rasen forwards and, after twenty-three minutes the home side equalised the score with a converted try.

Five minutes later Buzzards retook the lead, perhaps slightly fortuitously. A Market Rasen kick was completely missed on halfway but the bounce took the ball away from the chasing home side and straight to Buzzard centre Mike Robert. He made good ground before delivering the try-scoring pass to Darren Braybrook. Once again the attempted kick bounced off the posts to leave Leighton 12-7 ahead.

Market Rasen hit back almost straightaway scoring an unconverted try two minutes later. There remained time for Buzzards to miss a straightforward penalty attempt so the half–time score was 12-12.

The second half started in disastrous fashion for Leighton – straight from the kickoff Market Rasen made a decisive break and, whilst this was eventually stopped, the re-cycled ball allowed the hosts to score under the posts. Less than a minute of the second half had been played. After a slightly disjointed first-half performance,  Market Rasen were now playing with speed and width. With only five minutes of the half completed, they scored another fine try. With both tries converted, the score was 26-12.

Despite securing limited possession and, with the home side looking almost constantly threatening, Leighton did have their moments; such as Arran Perry’s decisive break from inside his half resulting in Zak Tift being held up just short of the try line. However, Market Rasen were rampant and scored a further try from a lineout and another swift move brought a try in the corner. Both were converted to give Market Rasen a 40-12 lead. Their final try appeared to sum up Buzzards’ day  - an excellent break by captain Euan Irwin had got him to within 5 metres of the line – what would have been the try-scoring pass was intercepted for the home side to run the whole length of the pitch – 47-12.

Whilst knowing they had played poorly, this Buzzard side show considerable spirit in adversity. Finally, in the last minute of the game debutant second row, Owen Forsythe powered over to score. Realising that if they took the conversion there would be no time to restart the game, Leighton waived the opportunity to kick. As a result the game started for one final play. From deep in their own half the ball was transferred for Darren Braybrook to out-sprint the defence to score Buzzards’ fourth try and, in doing so, secure the bonus point.  Final Score 47-24.

Buzzards slip to eleventh but the last ditch bonus point means the continuing relegation battle remains in their hands.  With other results not going their way , Leighton will almost certainly need to win their final match, and possibly with a bonus point, at home to Melton Mowbray on April 22nd  to secure their position in Midlands 1 East. 

 

 

 

 

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SOLID DEFENCE THE KEY AS BUZZARDS WIN AGAIN

LEIGHTON BUZZARD 22 – 5 LUTTERWORTH

Leighton Buzzard’s good form continued with their fifth win from the last seven Midlands 1 East league games with a home victory over Lutterworth. Buzzard’s victory was based on opportunism on their rare attacks and solid defence against the visitors,  who dominated possession and territory for long periods of the second half.   

Having won the toss, Leighton chose to play downhill but against the wind. The initial phases were mostly in midfield and rather scrappy with neither side able to dominate. Finally a clean break by the Buzzard centres, Mike Robert and Euan Irwin, allowed the supporting Ollie Taylor to score under the posts. Taylor converted his own try to give Leighton a 7-0 lead after 13 minutes.

Whilst both sides had opportunities, the two defences dominated play, helped by a number of knock-ons in what appeared a nervy first-half. However with the last play of the half, man of the match, Ryan Fraser breached the Lutterworth defence with a typically barnstorming run. Whilst he was tackled just short, the ball was quickly recyled for Wills Messum to score in the corner. The difficult conversion was missed to leave the half-time score 12-0.

The second half started well for Leighton – choosing to take the scrum option from a penalty deep in the Lutterworth twenty-two, the ball was spread wide for winger Arran Perry to score and, by running round behind the posts, he made Ollie Taylor’s conversion more straightforward. Shortly afterwards, Lee Walker converted a long-range penalty to give Buzzards a 22-0 lead with half an hour to play.

Despite being well behind, the visitors, who are fifth in the league, raised their game. Backed by a large travelling support, much of the game was now played in the Buzzard half as the Lutterworth pack put considerable pressure on the Leighton scrum. However the home defence was committed and unbending as time and again Lutterworth threatened the line. Becoming increasingly frustrated, Lutterworth conceded a number of penalties, allowing Leighton to clear, but ultimately the pressure told with a fine try in the corner. The attempted conversion unluckily hit the post to leave the final score 22-5.

The victory moves Buzzards up to eighth, five points and four places above the final relegation place. With Ilkeston and Dronfield already relegated, six teams remain at risk for the final relegation place. Whilst it is in Leighton’s control, they still need six points from the final two games to be mathematically sure of retaining their Midlands 1 league place.

Next week Leighton make the long trip to ninth-placed Market Rasen and Louth. 

 

 

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BUZZARDS BONUS POINT WIN EASES RELEGATION FEARS

LEIGHTON BUZZARD 23-7 WELLINGBOROUGH

Leighton Buzzard secured a vital bonus point victory and in doing so, swopped places with opponents Wellingborough into tenth position in Midlands 1 East league. With both sides just outside the relegation places and having drawn their match earlier in the season,  the game was understandably tense and competitive throughout.

Having lost the toss, Leighton kicked off with the benefit of the slope and a strong breeze. From the first scrum, the Buzzard pack was dominant, driving the visitors backwards, although the wind made lineouts more difficult to control.  Whilst Leighton were dominating possession and territory, the concession of penalties was frustrating attempts to build concerted pressure.

Finally after fifteen minutes Buzzards opened the scoring with a well worked lineout move securing the try for Zak Tift in the corner. With the difficult conversion missed, Leighton led 5-0.

After a slow start, Wellingborough were coming more into the match. Realising that kicking against the wind was futile, they started to run the ball more, although rarely threatened the home side’s defence. Buzzards looked the more likely scorers and they believed they had their second try late in the half when full-back Ben Beaumont went over. The referee was the only person present who supposedly saw a knock on as the ball was grounded. More frustration was to follow- from the resulting scrum, Leighton won the ball against the head and were driving towards the line when they were inexplicably penalised for collapsing the scrum they were in control of, leaving the score at half-time 5-0.  

Now playing uphill and into the wind, the home support was concerned that a slender five point advantage was not substantial enough. However Buzzards’ ball retention and improved discipline allowed pressure to build and, after a number of phases, Wills Messum scored in the corner. Lee Walker’s attempted conversion unluckily hit the bar to leave Leighton 10-0 ahead.

Straight from the kick off, Buzzards were back on the attack – Ryan Fraser made the decisive break for Ben Beaumont to cross the line. Again the difficult conversion was missed leaving Leighton 15-0 ahead with twenty- five minutes left.

Wellingborough remained competitive despite the control of the Buzzard pack and,   following a penalty in midfield, the visitors managed to pin Leighton in the corner. After a succession of forward drives the ball was spun out to the backs and, with a well- timed pass and excellent running angle, the Buzzard defence was finally split for a try under the posts. With twenty minutes left, the lead was cut to 15-7.

A Lee Walker penalty after thirty minutes eased the nerves and extended the lead to

18-7. Wellingborough’s large pack was now visibly tiring and Buzzards looked the more likely to score. It says much for the Leighton pack’s fitness and mobility that the decisive 50 metre break for the fourth try was a joint effort by fellow front-row players Greg Falcon and Jordan Cummings, who provided the opportunity for Ben Beaumont to score his second try.

With the four try bonus point secured, Leighton played out time to secure a vital win moving them to tenth and six points clear of the final relegation place.

Next week Buzzards welcome fifth-placed Lutterworth to Wright’s Meadow. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Former Captain Ivor Prewett last week. Ivor passed peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday. Ivor was club captian in 1950/51 season and was instrumental in re starting the club after the war.

Funeral will be at All Saints Church on Tuesday 28th March at 2:15 and then to the rugby club to help celebrate Ivor's life.

 

 

 

Our thoughts of all Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club  with  the family at this sad time.

 

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BUZZARDS OVERWHELMED BY KETTERING POWER DISPLAY

KETTERING 68-8 LEIGHTON BUZZARD

Leighton Buzzard experienced the difference between the top and bottom of Midlands 1 East in successive weeks – having comfortably beaten bottom side Ilkeston last week, the Buzzards were blown away by the power of promotion-chasing Kettering. They may be only second in the league but were, without doubt, the strongest team Buzzards have played this season.

Leighton had made an encouraging start but loss of possession allowed Kettering to force a five-metre scrum. The immediate danger was cleared to touch but the large home team pack drove over from the resulting lineout for their first try after six minutes. The Kettering fly-half, who successfully kicked nine of his ten attempts at goal during the match, converted impressively from the touchline.

Slowly the home team were building pressure- their large pack was providing good possession for their speedy and skilful back line who took every opportunity to spread the ball wide. The Buzzard’s cause was not helped by a misfiring lineout but the defence was solid. Full back Ben Beaumont, whose defensive tackling was exceptional all afternoon, saved what appeared to be a certain try in the corner with a spectacular last-ditch tackle.

Ultimately the pressure told - whilst the initial defence was good, the Buzzard alignment on recycled ball was too narrow, as Kettering scored their second try after 21 minutes.

Straight from the kick-off Buzzards attacked through Ryan Fraser and Euan Irwin, before an excellent break by Geoff Branwhite was held up a metre short. Kettering were penalised at the ensuing ruck and fly half Lee Walker kicked the penalty to leave Leighton 14-3 behind after 26 minutes.

Kettering’s response was almost instantaneous – their big forwards and fast backs combined to score an exceptional try and, as half-time approached, scored a fourth try following a lineout. With both tries converted Buzzards trailed 28-3 at the break.

Leighton started the second half well with strong running putting the home side under a rare period of pressure.  Finally Buzzards got their reward with a fine move from a lineout allowing Zak Tift to score after 9 minutes. The touchline conversion was missed, leaving the score 28-8.

Buzzards continued to attack but a dropped pass was kicked through by the home side, who then won the kick and chase to score a rather fortuitous try. Apparently inspired by their good fortune, Kettering returned to their best form scoring an excellent try in the corner after 17 minutes and a further try five minutes later. With both converted, the home side led 49-8.

As Leighton visibly tired from the physical effort and Kettering hit a rich vein of form, the floodgates almost inevitably opened, with three further tries conceded in the last 10 minutes, leaving the final score 68-8.

With other results going their way, Leighton remain 11th and outside the relegation zone. After a week off, the Buzzards welcome Wellingborough on March 25th.

 

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BONUS POINT VICTORY MOVES BUZZARDS OUT OF THE RELEGATION PLACES

LEIGHTON BUZZARD 48- 7 ILKESTON

A convincing six-try first half performance was the basis of the Buzzard victory against bottom side Ilkeston. Additionally by securing a bonus point, Leighton moved out of the relegation places.

Having won the toss, Captain Euan Irwin chose to play uphill but with the benefit of the cross wind.  Straight from the kick–off Leighton played their driving game with powerful running from the forwards and good ball retention providing continuity through the phases. It took only three minutes for flanker Adam Stacey to score the opening try as the pack drove over the line. Geoff Branwhite converted from the touchline. Five minutes later similar driving play provided the opening for Branwhite, playing at scrum half for the first time this season, to score the second try. With the conversion Buzzards led 14-0.

With such an encouraging start, Leighton slightly relaxed allowing Ilkeston to be more competitive before a fourteen minute, four try burst effectively sealed the result. Firstly, M&M Estate Agents man of the match,Zak Tift made the decisive break and, with a dexterous off-load, gave the try-scoring pass for Adam Stacey to collect his second try. Straight from the kick-off, Ryan Fraser drove fifty metres into the Ilkeston twenty-two area - whilst the ball was cleared into touch, a clever move from the resulting lineout allowed Fraser to touch down.

Five minutes later good handling skills allowed full back Ben Beaumont to add his name to the try scorers list and, with the last play of the half, Mike Lynch also scored to leave the score 36-0 at the break.

With the game effectively won, Buzzards started the second half in a lacklustle manner. Credit is also due to Ilkeston, who despite their near-hopeless position, played with considerable spirit and determination.  As a result, it was almost half- way through the half before Leighton added to their score – replacement scrum half Jordan Marshall made the decisive break and delivered the try-scoring pass to winger Ollie Taylor. Geoff Branwhite added the conversion to put the Buzzards 43-0 ahead.

Ilkeston were now running their limited possession with increased intent; following a good break and quick hands a last-ditch high tackle prevented a score so the referee correctly awarded a penalty try. With the conversion of the consolation try, the score was 43-7. Perhaps irritated by conceding and almost straight from the kick-off, Euan Irwin intercepted a pass to score Leighton’s eighth try of the afternoon.

The remaining fifteen minutes were played out mostly in midfield leaving the final score 48-7.

Leighton move up to eleventh place with 43 points – a total that would have ensured survival comfortably last year. However with only seven points separating seventh to twelfth place, Buzzards know they must keep picking up points in a very tight league. Next week they travel to second-placed Kettering.

 

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BRANWHITE HOLDS NERVE TO SECURE LAST MINUTE BUZZARD VICTORY

LEIGHTON BUZZARD 18- 15 DRONFIELD

Utility back Geoff Branwhite was the Buzzard’s hero as his penalty secured the victory in dramatic style with the last kick of the game. Opponents, Dronfield, who had made the long journey from North Derbyshire, had led for much of the game including by 7 points just eight minutes from the end of the match.

The visitors kick off on a bitterly cold afternoon that was to make handling difficult throughout. Buzzards had chosen to play with the advantage of the slope and cross-wind and were confident of making early inroads against a team they had beaten convincingly earlier in the season.  

After ten minutes winger Darren Braybrook jinked past his opposite number to score the opening try by the corner flag. The difficult conversion was missed to leave the home side 5-0 ahead. However, following this bright start, things were not going to plan and Dronfield pulled three points back with a penalty. Worse was to follow; 20 minutes into the half Buzzards conceded possession in their own 22 metre area and the visitors swiftly transferred the ball wide for their winger to score a fine try. The difficult conversion was missed to leave Leighton trailing 5-8, which remained the score at half-time.

Whilst Buzzards did have opportunities, with Captain Euan Irwin coming closest to scoring, this was a disjointed first-half performance with poor kicking and misplaced passes.

Now playing uphill the Buzzards realized they had to up the intensity and stick to their game plan. The second half started well with good pressure and whilst they were unable to cross the line, a Geoff Branwhite penalty levelled the score at 8-8, 10 minutes into the half.

Instead of taking control, it was the visitors who scored next, slightly against the run of play, after 16 minutes. The Dronfield fly-half made an excellent break leading to their second try and, following a conversion from near the touch line, an 8-15 lead. Understandably encouraged by this, the visitors managed to control possession and keep Buzzard attacks at bay for the next 15 minutes.

However, the Buzzard dominance in the scrum was slowly having an effect and pressurising the Dronfield defence. With less than ten minutes remaining, Ryan Fraser forced his way over the try line but the referee was unsighted and adjudged he had been held up. Buzzards were not to be denied for long – from the resulting scrum, the pack drove over, allowing number 8, Wills Messum,  to touch down. The kick was not straightforward, especially with the scores so close but Geoff Branwhite nervelessly added the conversion to level the scores at 15-15.

With Leighton’s precarious position in the league this was very much a “must win” game and once again the pack drove forward- a rolling maul being stopped just short. Finally a penalty was awarded, 20 metres out but closer to touch than the posts. The referee announced it was the final play of the game and to large cheers from the home crowd Branwhite produced his dramatic denouement.

Buzzards remain twelfth but within 3 points of ninth place. Next week Leighton travel to fifth-placed Huntingdon looking to repeat their early season victory. 

 

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