Bicester’s winning run comes to an end

Action from Bicester against Aylesbury. Picture by Mark Bannister
Action from Bicester against Aylesbury. Picture by Mark Bannister
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Bicester’s five-match winning run came to an end with a closely-fought 20-12 home defeat against a well-drilled Aylesbury side.

The Bicester scrum was again rock solid although their line out wobbled at times in the first half while the visiting backs moved the ball out wide more effectively.

Bicester, however, led 12-10 at half-time and were just three points in arrears until eight minutes from time when Aylesbury scored their fourth try.

The promotion-chasing visitors went ahead on two minutes when the Bicester defence failed to clear their lines and the ball was quickly recycled across the field for winger Michael Durose to cross on the left.

The conversion attempt struck the right upright before the visitors doubled their advantage 13 minutes later when Bicester lost possession from their line-out and flanker Peter Gorley touched down from the catch and drive.

The home side quickly fought back as scrum-half Mike Harris pounced on a loose ball in the centre of the field and the ball was quickly transferred to the left, where full-back James Grosvenor sent winger Matty Duncalf on a 35-metre sprint to the corner for an unconverted try.

Centre Tom Miles then fluffed a penalty attempt, but moments later Bicester were awarded a scrum and as Tim Farrow peeled off the maul, he was held up on the try line but prop Tom Horwood was on hand to crash over to the left of the posts.

Tom Miles converted brilliantly from close to the touch line to complete the first half turnaround and send Bicester into half-time with a 12-10 lead.

It didn’t take long for the visitors to regain the advantage, however, as a Bicester clearing kick was gathered by Aylesbury, who instantly executed a crossfield handling move at lightning pace to the left side where full-back Alex Shearer scorched across in the corner.

An equally quick burst up the right by Bicester winger Peter Tarrega followed, but it was the visitors who struck again 15 minutes later to set up a bonus-point victory.

Bicester, having stolen their line-out ball, were then turned over in open play and centre James Woodfall eluded some weak Bicester tackling to create the space for 17-year-old replacement winger Sam Page to streak over in the right hand corner for Aylesbury’s fourth unconverted try.

Bicester are away to Beaconsfield this Saturday.