Kempston go try-crazy in big friendly victory over Leighton Buzzard III

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Kempston RFC thrashed Leighton Buzzard III 71-12 in a thoroughly one-sided friendly match as their winning streak continued in emphatic style.

With just over 10 minutes on the clock, a good counter led to the first try as Rob Campbell went over in the corner and converted from out wide.

Soon afterwards, Kempston took their visitors from left to right following a line out, and some neat passing led to Luke Barry scoring his first of the afternoon.

From then on Kempston took a strong grip on the match and didn’t look back. Tom Jackson finished a couple of well worked moves and the home backs looked to make the most of every chance to increase the score.

Jackson crossed twice more, Barry bagged his second, and Gareth Arzu was back on the score sheet before limping off with a pulled hamstring as Kempston took a 43-0 lead in at half-time.

Not long into the second half, Jim Barry stepped inside the Buzzards wing before releasing the backs, with captain Leon Harvey touching down.

Buzzards then fought back and camped in the Kempston 22 for some time. Following a disallowed try, the visiting fly-half finally managed to wriggle over to reduce the deficit.

The revival was short-lived, however, as Kempston pressured from the kick-off and Connor Bice fed Josh Lewin to slide over, with Campbell converting again.

Bice collected the restart and ran it straight back for another converted score, before Tom Darlow got in on the act; Campbell converted.

With Kempston in full control and Buzzards losing a player through injury, it was decided that time was to be called early, but not after a ‘last try wins’ call.

From the restart it was all Buzzards and they had the last laugh, stretching the Kempston defence and crashing over near the posts.