Bucks Lose 2nd on the Trot

By Chris Harrison - February 26 2012
Bucks Lose 2nd on the Trot After a disappointing result last week when they went down 37 – 7 to Guisboro’ the Bucks entertained Darlington II in a Tees Merit League game.The Bucks set off into the wind, blowing diagonally across the ground, in a very bright manner and pressurised the visitors 22. However mistakes were penalised with kicks down into the home teams 22.

After 15mins Darlo were able to take a 14 – 0 lead as West naivety in attack allowed the visitors to kick clear, gain field position and convert their pressure into points.

On 30mins scrum half Luke Mallinson was able to convert a penalty and the half finished 14 – 3 to the visitors.


As the 2nd half started West began to build pressure, but it took till 15mins in to cross the whitewash as a series of tap and goes resulted in Danny Quinn being released on the left wing to touchdown (8 – 14).

5mins later the other wing Paul Boyd tidied up a Darlo clearance kick, fed centre Marty Todd who in turn fed Full Back Jonny Cole to race down the line to score (13-14).

At this point West repelled some severe Darlo pressure and eventually got back in attack. They moved the ball around the park before finding Todd out wide. The centre used all his composure to beat 3 men on the way to the try line (18-14).

Unfortunately the Bucks allowedDarlingtonto gain field position by poor execution of simple tasks and they retook the lead with a dubious try with 4mins to go (18-19).

Still the Bucks had their chances but poor decision making allowed the visitors to take the points.

The Bucks should have won this, a couple pf players had poor individual games and the team failed to turn pressure into points.Rugbyis not all about playing rugby it is about playing the game to win – something we are not quite grasping at the moment!

West now sit 5 points above Acklam in the league with the final league game of the season against the Teessiders looking like it may decide the destination of the trophy