After a five week layoff due to waterlogged pitches, Brackley resumed their league campaign with a much-needed bonus-point win against bottom of the table Deepings.
The result lifts the home side to within one point of fellow strugglers Northampton Men’s Own having played a game less in Midlands Thee East.
Things had started badly for Brackley in the opening quarter and they were fortunate not to be 14 points behind when the visitors twice intercepted loose Brackley passes, as it was only one resulted in a converted try that put Deepings 7-0 ahead.
The shaky start served as a wake-up call for Brackley’s pack and they began to dominate in the scrum, with Tim Carter and Jonathan Hickman combining well, while the powerful ball-carrying of Seb Johnson was always a threat and it was his break that set up the first Brackley try as George Wallis touched down and Alfie Ling converted.
Taking advantage of their superiority up front, Brackley resumed with a series of driving mauls to carry play into the Deepings 22. From there, Carter charged towards the try line, shaking off two tackles to surge over and give his side a 12-7 half-time lead.
Ling extended that lead with a penalty moments into the second half as Brackley continued their superiority, which was further cemented when Will Cooper combined with Will Hartwell for the latter to bag the home side’s third try and all but seal victory.
Brackley remained on the front foot in the closting minutes, as they went in search of a crucial bonus-point try, which arrived when Johnson powered his way through the defence to round off a superb individual performance. Ling added the extras.
Brackley face a much tougher encounter this weekend when they travel to mid-table Queens.