A right royal victory as Bedford Athletic cruise to victory at Buckingham

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Bedford Athletic dusted off the cobwebs with an eight-try victory at Buckingham – running out winners by 48 points to 7.

At the home of the South West 1 East club, the visitors delivered a pacy, determined performance.

Eight tries was good reward for some enterprising attacking play, with honours going to Ben Johnson with four tries, Tommy Mills, Stephen

Woodhead and Tom Orton with one each, and debutante Will Simpson ensuring that the forwards got on the scoreboard as well.

The match was a useful opportunity for the coaches to look at the new and returning players who have joined the club in the close season.

The club are particularly keen to welcome back prop Sheldon Reynecke who has spent a couple of seasons at Ipswich, as well as back row Andy Ince who can now commit to the club for a full season having finished his university course.

Fellow back row Josh Pearson has joined from Derby and further new faces will include ex-Saracens Academy second row Will Simpson and ex-Rugby School full-back Tom Dolemore.

The first XV are at home for their next fixture against Wellingborough on Saturday, with the second XV taking on Thorney at home on the same day. Both matches kick-off at 3pm.

In the East Midlands Cup, Bedford Athletic have once again been drawn away to Old Northamptonians this season, causing a change to the league fixtures between the clubs.

For the second season running, Old Northamptonians have been handed home advantage in the quarter-final tie but, as the match must be played before the New Year, and not wishing to play league opposition twice in that period, the league match originally scheduled for Bedford on 22 November has been switched to Northanmpton instead.

The winners of this tie will have home advantage in the semi-final against either Peterborough or Kettering in the New Year.