Bicester extend winning run after short trip to Gosford

Action from Bicester against Tadley at Oxford Road. Pictured Ryan Gallacher goes for the try line but the referee's whistle has already blown

Action from Bicester against Tadley at Oxford Road. Pictured Ryan Gallacher goes for the try line but the referee's whistle has already blown

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Bicester’s good form continued with a 15-9 derby victory at Kidlington-based Gosford All Blacks last Saturday.

The visitors can thank their eight forwards and replacements Sim Warren and Dave Gooch for grinding out the win in windy conditions.

Gosford took the lead with a penalty from 15 metres from scrum half Tim Ellis, but Bicester replied with a penalty try after home fly half Bill Smith prevented the ball being played by the visiting pack.

Will Hammond failed to extend the advantage when he surprisingly shot wide of the right post for the conversion and that looked potentially costly when Ellis slotted over a penalty from 10 metres to give the hosts a 6-5 interval lead.

Further damage was done when Ellis kicked again, this time from 17 metres, after Bicester were penalised for offside.

But that was to be the last of the scoring for Gosford and Bicester came back strongly to deservedly take the spoils.

They finally edged their noses in front with an unconverted try from Niall Morrow.

From the scrum a tremendous charge by prop Dave Behan was halted inches from the posts before the ball was spun out to the right for Morrow to dart home.

The advantage was extended 11 minutes from time when, for what was to prove to be the final score of the game, Mike Harris sent number eight Dan Spencer jinking his way past three defenders to the right of the posts.

Late drama was provided at the death, however, when only a big hit from Bicester second-row forward Ryan Gallacher saved a certain Gosford try as winger Ben Bodinham dashed down the right flank.

With Bodinham pushed into touch, Bicester could start celebrating their sixth win in seven games.

Elsewhere at the weekend, Bicester II lost 28-3 at home to Reading Abbey II, with a Ben Chad penalty their only reward.

Bicester III also lost on home turf, slumping to a 34-12 defeat to Banbury Bulls II. Bicester’s points were courtesy of tries from James Nellis and Stuart John and a conversion from John.