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Miles kicks Slough RFC to penalty shoot-out win over Drifters in Bucks Bowl final

Slough beat Drifters on a sudden death penalty shoot-out to lift the Bucks Bowl on Saturday after the final went into a kick-off for the first time in its history.

After Robbie Morrison scored a try in the final minute and captain Max Miles booted over a vital conversion from out wide to make it 25-25, the skipper held his nerve in the shoot-out, striking the ball cleanly through the posts after Drifters’ kicker had failed to seal a dramatic cup win.

This was a game the Greenies had targeted for some time, after they were defeated 21-6 by Drifters at One Pin Lane earlier in the season.

Full-back Charlie Turner said that the club’s new hard-working ethos under coach Alan Walters was the reason for the win.

“It’s a great win,” he said. “To get back on level terms in the final minute shows that we have character and that we had something left in the tank.

“We’ve been working really hard under the new coach and there’s a new ethos running through the club at the moment.”

He added: “It’s fantastic to beat one of the favourites for our league in this final and many beers were consumed afterwards. It was a good night.”

Revenge was best served up cold by the Greenies who kept in touch with their rivals throughout the 80 minutes. Drifters led in the opening minutes through a converted try but Miles and Tom Young created the chance for Morrison to go over to bring the score back to 7-5.

Slough conceded a penalty, allowing Drifters to extend their lead to five points. However momentum swung back to Slough when Drifters conceded a penalty try.

The hosts carried a slim 13-12 lead into the break but Slough put over two penalties through the boot of Miles to make it 18-13 early in the second period.

Drifters went over for their third try of the day before a frenetic final 10 minutes saw both sides get on the scoresheet with Morrison touching down at the death to make it 25-25 at the end.

Both kickers slotted the first of their penalty kicks from in front of the posts but when the sudden death competition was moved to the 15 metre line Miles made his kick and Drifters sent theirs wide.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Greenies return to league action at home to Abingdon and their next realistic hope of silverware comes in the Senior Vase, where they’ll entertain Swindon College Old Boys in the Southern Counties Semi Final on February 4.

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