First-class display by Bicester

Bicester 25

Drifters 5

Bicester staged easily their finest performance of the season against third-placed Drifters.

The visitors were never allowed to settle down as the home tackling remained ferocious throughout the game.

While the scrums and line-outs were evenly contested, Bicester overwhelmed drifters in the loose play where locks Mark Malins and Tim Phipps and number 8 Dan Spencer were outstanding.Spencer scored two tries, converted one and added two penalty goals, a tally of 18 points, while the backs, led by wingers Jason Smith and man of the match Jake Sawyer, together with full-back Dickie Walsh, made constant inroads deep into the Drifters’ half.

Bicester went ahead after eight minutes when a penalty was kicked into the left corner. Captain Dan Spencer powered across for a try which fly-half Chris Tarratt also converted.

Midway through the half Bicester doubled their lead. Mark Malins took the line-out catch on the right and the ball was quickly recycled across the field to the left where Jason Smith sent Walsh careering over, Dan Spencer converting from the touchline.On the stroke of half time, Drifters conceded a penalty which Spencer slotted over from 15 metres. From the restart, the Bicester pack drove on down the right and from another Spencer penalty kick, the home lead was increased to 20 points.Despite now playing down the slope, Bicester were unable to reproduce their sparkling first half show and 21 minutes from the final whistle, Drifters scored a try. From a line-out on the right. the ball was spun across for centre Darren Wing to touch down wide out on the left.

Finally Bicester took a short line-out and Dan Spencer crowned a memorable display by collecting his own chip kick to outpace the visitors’ defence and plunge across in the right hand corner.

Bicester I travel to Alchester this Saturday and Bicester II host High Wycombe.

Bicester III lost 27-13 to Buckingham III last Saturday. Bicester’s tries were scored by S.Venning and J.Holdsworth and a penalty by S.John.