Bucks 22 Sunderland IIs 13

By Chris Harrison - November 24 2008
Bucks 22 Sunderland IIs 13
Scott Butcher West Bucks entertained their second CaNDY League opposition of the season when Sunderland II's travelled to Brinkburn. The icy wind blowing straight down the pitch was to have a major impact on the game. The visitors had first use of the elements and pinned West back at every opportunity.
However West were to counter attack whenever chances arose.
Sunderland were first on the scoreboard when they slotted a penalty as West killed the ball infront of the posts (0-3)
They extended their lead when, as they pressed the home line, an apparent knock on went unpunished and the inside centre drove over close to the posts (0-10).
On 27 mins Sunderland cleared their lines but the kick was gathered by winger Mark Pearce. He set off on a diagonal run and as fellow players gathered around him decided to take on the visitors cover. As he straightened he shrugged off a desperate attempt at a tackle. It now became a race to the line and the long striding winger was up to the task to go over wide out on his opposite wing (5-10).
Right on half time Sunderland extended their lead with another penalty in front of the posts (5-13).
West should have had more points in this half as they looked very dangerous whenever they ran the ball in loose play. However too often the wind spoiled opportunities as a try looked on and West simply failed to take the winds effects into consideration.
The second half belonged to West and although the Sunderland pack worked valiantly to disrupt them at every turn they could not get themselves out of their own half for any length of time.
After 5 minutes a poor clearance kick was picked up by Simon Cavey who sidestepped a defender before racing into the visitors 22. As he was pulled down openside Alex Barker, who had a tremendous game, was on hand to receive the ball and race over (10-13).
After 10 minutes several great passages of play took West to the Ashbrooke clubs line and as several forwards hurtled toward the dead ball area scrum half Stu Waites dummied to them from the base of a ruck and got the ball over the line. Waites converted his own try (17-13).
After 22 minutes of the half play had settled in midfield where several battles led to the ball been won and then lost by both teams on several occasions. As West won one of these Waites fed centre Scott Butcher on a great angled run on a short blind side to beat the defence to the try line.
To be fair to Sunderland the game now became based in midfield but they could not pressure the West line.
Final score 22-13.
So a CaNDY league scalp for the Bucks in their first season (no mean feat) and they demonstrated that they can score good tries against such opposition. But, quite frankly, they could and should have had more and the need to keep calm when the line beckons became apparent.
Next week the Bucks travel to Westoe to take on the Shieldsmen 3rd string in an interesting test as the home team won last years county 3rd team cup.

Team 15. Tom Armstrong 14. Nige Bulmer 13. Scott Butcher 12. Simon Cavey 11. Mark Pearce 10. Barry Corbett 9. Stu Waites 8. Graeme Southern 7. Alex Barker 6. Danny Doyle 5. Jonny Wray (50 mins Nathan Rayner) 4. Michael Robson (65 mins Jonny Wray) 3. John Greenwell 2. Ryan O'Connor 1. Ross Wood
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