Bicester’s 1st XV’s winning run finally came to an end with a 30-22 defeat away at Chesham at the weekend.
A depleted Bicester side struggled to reproduce the cohesion and fluency which they have demonstrated in recent games as poor ball retention and ill-discipline cost the visiting side dear.
Following a quiet opening quarter, Steve Risbridger’s 35-metre penalty goal put the visitors ahead midway through the first half, but a handling mistake by Dave Ahu-Gooch resulted in a penalty, which led to an unconverted try for Mark Wagstaff.
Then, on the stroke of half time, Chesham struck again as the ball was spread along the line and out wide to the left where inside centre Anthony Jaycocks sprinted across for a second try, also unconverted, giving the home side a 10-3 half time lead.
Bicester equalised moments into the second half with a well-worked try as a run through the centre by William Jones wrong-footed the Chesham defence before the forwards drove towards the post and prop Dave Behan touched down for a try converted by Risbridger.
Bicester were only on level terms for four minutes, however, as Billy Moore slotted over a penalty before Hugo Jolliff and Jack Davis both scored tries to put some breathing space between the teams.
Risbridger hit back for Bicester with a try that was quickly followed by Jamie Stevens stretching over, but Billy Moore slotted a penalty kick in the closing minutes to inflict a fourth defeat of the season on Bicester, which keeps them fourth in the BBO Premier.
Elsewhere, Bicester IIs suffered a thrashing at the hands of Bletchley, with only John Entwhistle and Joe Wheatley scoring tries in a 79-10 defeat.
This weekend, the first time host mid table Chipping Norton, the IIs visit Drifters IIs and the IIIs play High Wycombe IIIs.