In-form Bicester sink Littlemore

Tom Horwood in action for Bicester
Tom Horwood in action for Bicester

RUGBY: Bicester ran out hard fought 19-7 winners against Littlemore last Saturday after enjoying the lions’ share of territory and possession.

They were again well served by the back row of Tony Nightingale, Dan Spencer and Jack Horwood, with prop Tom Horwood receiving the man of the match award for his all-round versatility.

Bicester went ahead midway through the first half. No 8 Dan Spencer was bundled into touch under the 22-line on the left side following a 30-metre sprint from a scrum.

Then from a fine catch by flanker Jack Horwood the ball was moved inside where centre Dave Hampton peeled off a ruck before breaking through several tackles to cross on the left of the posts for a try which Dan Spencer also converted.

Tony Nightingale then went close for Bicester and Littlemore were only just off target with a long range penalty attempt.

Next fly-half Steve Risbridger made good yardage up the left side and as the pack drove on from the ensuing line-out, scrum-half Craig Smith tapped a quick penalty to Dan Spencer who sped through a gap to touch down behind the posts for a try which he again converted.

Soon afterwards Littlemore set up a driving maul down the left side to send open side flanker Darrell Rednall scuttling over for a try which fly-half Lee Gillett converted.

Early in the second half winger Bruce-Crampton went close and a Tom Horwood try was disallowed by the referee.

Next Dan Spencer’s 40-metre penalty attempt dropped short of the crossbar and a Jak Cluness try was invalidated for crossing. Full-back Dickie Walsh did well to sprint back and gather a Littlemore kick ahead and finally Bicester sealed the game with a superb try at the end.

Replacement scrum-half Tom Cook landed a huge tackle at the base of a Littlemore scrum. Dan Spencer set off on a barnstorming run from the Bicester scrum before offloading to Cook who screeched in at the right hand corner.