RUGBY UNION Midlands 3 East South Leighton Buzzard 25 Huntingdon Stags 6 IT was the usual story for Stags when they made the trip through picturesque Woburn to play league leaders Leighton Buzzard. The home side were keen to make amends for their last hom
Midlands 3 East South
Leighton Buzzard 25 Huntingdon Stags 6
IT was the usual story for Stags when they made the trip through picturesque Woburn to play league leaders Leighton Buzzard.
The home side were keen to make amends for their last home defeat against Daventry, a side Huntingdon had beaten at home in their last game.
The story for the away side was a tale of ill-discipline, silly errors and poor decision-making, which outweighed some periods of good play.
Buzzards, buoyed on by a strong home support, made good use of the wind and slope in the first half to develop an 18-point lead at half-time.
Both tries were the result of kicks forward by the Buzzard centre, which caused confusion in the defensive ranks. Two penalties and a conversion added to the two touchdowns.
The score could have been worse with the number of penalties given against the Stags, some of which seemed slightly harsh.
Excellent defensive work by John McCreadie and Simon Orange, together with strong running by number eight Selim Sheik, also kept the half-time scoreline respectable.
After the break, with Stags benefiting from the conditions, the visitors staged something of a comeback.
Eighteen-nil became 18-6 and there was a notable upturn in belief from both Stags players and supporters.
The six points came from two penalties from the now-reliable boot of Elliot Baldwin.
Stags started to maintain some territory and with Benny Giglio charging at the opposition like an enraged bull, Sheik making more and more yards from number eight and captain Neil Welsh beginning to control the game from stand-off, a much treasured away win could be smelt.
These hopes were dashed when another string of penalties against resulted in a pushover try for the home side.
The remaining minutes were fairly scrappy and error-strewn.
With a bit more composure, eradication of some of the errors and a lower penalty count against, Huntingdon should feel they have a strong chance away against Wellingborough at the weekend.