Brackley came from behind to secure a bonus-point 31-21 Midlands Four East (South) win at home to Thorney in a thriller.
Thorney were 11-0 ahead 20 minutes in, but the lead would change hands three times before Brackley sealed victory, scoring five tries in the process.
The visitors scored a try and kicked two penalties to take an early lead, but Brackley got back in the game through a try from Seb Johnson.
Dom Preece then produced the try of the match, and Alfie Ling’s conversion edged Brackley in front at 12-11.
Thorney hit back immediately with a try to go 16-12 ahead, and that was the half-time score.
No.8 Mark Herlihy came on as a replacement for the second half, and set up flanker Will Cooper to score. Mike Lowdell added the conversion to put Brackley 19-16 up.
The key moment came when Thorney’s full-back was red-carded for a tip tackle, and Brackley took advantage of their extra man.
Graeme Cartmell stormed through for a spectacular try, which was converted by Lowdell to make it 26-16, but again Thorney rallied and scored a try to make it 26-21. Brackley were shook into action, and Johnson quickly countered with a charge through the Thorney midfield to set up Cooper for the final try.
On Saturday, Brackley travel to Bedford Swifts.
A WEAKENED Buckingham went down 27-15 at Witney.
Witney opened strongly and eased into a 7-0 lead. Twenty minutes later they scored a second try, which was swiftly followed by a third as they went 19-0 clear.
The second half followed a similar pattern as Witney scored a fourth try to go 24-0 ahead, but Buckingham did wake up in the final 20 minutes. Hulston ran in a opportunist try to get Buckingham on the board, and a few minutes later it was 24-10 as Collins powered over.
Witney were rattled by Buckingham’s sudden fight, and when one of their players was yellow carded, Bucks took advantage to score a third try through Ockendon, and suddenly it was game on at 24-15, with Buckingham rueing their three missed conversion attempts. Right at the end, Witney landed a penalty to make the final score 27-15.
On Saturday, Buckingham travel to Chippenham.