BUZZARDS TURN SEASON AROUND WITH AWAY VICTORY
PAVIORS 20 – 28 LEIGHTON BUZZARD
Leighton Buzzard won their first league points of the season with a much improved performance and bonus point victory away at Nottinghamshire-based side, Paviors. The whole side played with athleticism in attack and determination in defence and were given control from the new half-back pairing of debutant Jordan (Jock) Marshall and Ollie Taylor.
However the match did not start well for the Buzzards – having won the toss and chosen to play against the light wind, penalties were conceded and converted in the 2nd and 4th minutes to leave Leighton 0-6 down. It would be well over an hour before Paviors scored again.
After 10 minutes the Buzzards were ahead. Choosing to kick for touch rather than at goal, the pack built pressure and finally Chris Forbes crashed over. Ollie Taylor converted from near to the touchline. From the restart Zak Tift made a 50 metre break into the Paviors half – the break was taken on by Jock Marshall and then with support from the pack the ball was driven over for Mike Lynch to touch down. Again Ollie Taylor converted to increase the lead to 14-6.
The remainder of the half was evenly matched although with a contrast between the home side’s larger bulkier pack and Leighton’s smaller but more athletic forwards. But the defences held firm to leave the half-time score 14-6.
Buoyed by their first half performance and the team talk at the break, the second half started well – second row Ed Taylor made an excellent 30 metres break but was held up just short. The ball was quickly recycled for Ollie Taylor to glide untouched through the Paviors defence to score under the posts. Taylor converted his own try to put Buzzards 21–6 up, three minutes into the half.
Whilst the home team had much of the possession, they rarely threatened the line with the new centre pairing of Euan Irwin and George Sanders looking rock solid in defence. It was the Buzzards who were making the more decisive breaks and it was from one by skipper Irwin that provided the opportunity for Ollie Taylor to score his second try and Buzzards fourth, securing the bonus point. Again converting his own try, Taylor pushed the score to 28-6 with 15 minutes left.
The home side now upped their intensity and finally breached the Buzzard line with 10 minutes left ( 28-13 ) and scored a further converted try six minutes later to leave the final score 28-20.
This victory moves Leighton off the bottom of the league. The team can take great heart from the performance of the pack, the success of the new combinations at half back and centre but most importantly from the commitment and spirit of the whole side. Next Saturday Buzzards welcome Bugbrooke to Wrights Meadow.