2nd xv Match Reports 2021 - 2022Club News



In dull conditions Leighton Buzzard and Wellingborough second teams provided an entertaining game with both sides looking to run the ball where possible. Although Buzzards ran out convincing victors, the game was both competitive and played in a good spirit throughout.

As Wellingborough were short of players a number of Buzzard players were lent to the visitors. This number increased after three minutes when an injury in the visitors front row led to veteran Nigel Beaumont coming off the Buzzard bench to help the opposition. Unfortunately, this injury meant that scrums would be uncontested for the remainder of the game.

It took Buzzards ten minutes to open the scoring. Strong running from Mike Robert, which was to feature throughout the game, led to the opportunity for Jacob Murtagh to score the try. The conversion was missed leaving Buzzards 5-0 ahead. Rhys Betley added a try six minutes later, converted by Sam Beaumont, who had now taken over the kicking duties. Midway through the half, winger George Vincent added a third try to extend the lead to 17-0.

Wellingborough had a period of pressure of their own and a fine break by their scrum-half came close to opening their account. However resolute defence prevented the try and then late in the half Buzzard’s other winger, Felix Fiske scored Buzzards fourth try to leave the half time score 22-0.

Wellingborough started the second half well and after three minutes their full back scored a fine try. The try scorer seemed rather familiar to the home crowd – as it was Buzzard player, Eddie Wiggins who had been loaned to the opposition.

After conceding a try, Buzzards scores came at regular intervals with recent recruit Lewis Morgan and Sam Beaumont scoring, whilst Felix Fiske added a second to his personal tally. With Wellingborough visibly tiring Jacob Murtagh scored two late tries for his personal hat-trick. With Sam Beaumont converting three of these, Buzzards finished 53-7 winners.

With the Buzzard team ages ranging from teenager to over sixty, this was a good club performance and no doubt many of the younger players will benefit from playing with experienced campaigners.