Buck­ing­ham stars in Ab­bots’ big push

RUGBY UNION

Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

BRAD Buck­ing­ham scored two tries as Hilling­don Ab­bots kept up their pro­mo­tion push with a 35-19 vic­tory at Sara­cens Am­a­teurs on Satur­day.

Buck­ing­ham’s brace and tries from Neil Gordge and Dave Fran­cis sealed the win and a cru­cial bonus point to put the Ab­bots four points clear of London French in Herts/ Middx Two.

The Ab­bots be­gan the match with an early Buck­ing­ham try but the hosts hit back min­utes later and scored an un­con­verted try in the cor­ner. El­liot Wake kicked two penal­ties ei­ther side of a Gordge try to put Ab­bots firmly in con­trol and Buck­ing­ham, then crossed the white­wash for a sec­ond time with a surg­ing 45-me­tre burst end­ing un­der the posts.

Ab­bots’ lead was cut to 25-12 as Sara­cens scored a con­verted try just prior to the break but Wake scored another penalty after the in­ter­val be­fore the hosts piled the pres­sure on by scor­ing another con­verted try to set up a ner­vous fin­ish.

How­ever, Fran­cis’ late surge through the Sara­cens back­line se­cured vic­tory along with the bonus point for Ab­bots, who host sev­enth-placed West London on Satur­day.

In the same di­vi­sion, Ick­en­ham are still look­ing for their first win as they were thumped 67-0 by Har­lequin Am­a­teurs.

They will hope to stop the rot away at Thame­sians next Satur­day while Uxbridge, who had no sched­uled game this week, face London French.

In London Two North West, Old Mer­chant Tay­lors’ suf­fered a 28-12 de­feat to the Hon­ourable Ar­tillery Company and they are at sec­ond­placed Harpen­den this week­end.

And Ruis­lip, who lost 46-14 at Letch­worth Gar­den City in London One North, will look to bounce back at home to North Wal­sham on Satur­day.

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