Bicester maintain charge with convincing win over Marlow

Tom Miles
Tom Miles

Free-scoring Bicester racked up another comprehensive victory at the weekend when they completed the double over Marlow with a 38-15 win.

After an entertaining, fast and open contest at Oxford Road, winger Peter Tarrega, the scorer of two crucial tries in the first half, was named man of the match as the enterprising home backs possessed the sharper cutting edge.

Centre Tom Miles was again in top form with the boot, landing four penalty goals, all in the first half, together with three conversions, for a total of 18 points.

From the kick-off, Bicester’s Steve Limbrick set up a driving maul down the centre, and a penalty was conceded which Miles banged over.

Marlow, then having won their possession at a defensive line-out, were shunted backwards, and once again Miles made no mistake with a second penalty kick. Immediately the visitors were again penalised at a line-out, and from the subsequent Bicester line-out, excellent work at the base by hooker Will Anns enabled fly-half Dave Hampton to send Tarrega on a 35 metre crossfield diagonal run for a try.

Miles converted and Bicester were 13 to the good before William Fulton banged over a penalty for Marlow’s first points and while Miles responded in kind, the visitors then had their opening try through Matthew Saunders.

The Bicester riposte was swift, though, as Miles once again found the mark with a fourth penalty before the home side won a turnover and prop Tom Horwood’s superb back-handed flick pass sent Tarrega plunging across in the right-hand corner.

Miles converted brilliantly with a 25 metre kick from the right touchline to put his side 26-8 ahead at half-time.

The second half was a more low-key affair but Marlow did give themselves a glimmer of hope when Peter Lewis crossed the whitewash and Fulton added the extras.

Any hint of a comeback was quickly snuffed out, however, and Bicester instead eased to victory with flanker Francois Weise dotting down before George Upton bagged the bonus-point fourth try late on.

Bicester remain in the race for the promotion play-off place with six points separating them in fourth to second-placed Aylesbury.

They face a tough task next time out, though, when travelling to league leaders Reading Abbey on April 2.