Brackley suffer further setback in relegation battle

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Brackley RUFC let slip an 8-0 half-time lead against Rugby St Andrews to suffer another setback in their battle against relegation in Midlands 3 East (South).

After controlling the first half, Brackley disappointed in the second period, making poor decisions as they sought desperately to penetrate the St Andrews defence, but were ultimately beaten 19-8.

The home side made a perfect start as Nick Tustain and Mario Vaiese ran straight and hard to carry the ball deep into the St Andrews half before Seb Johnson was over the line for an unconverted try inside the first two minutes.

Maintaining that drive from the restart, Brackley again rocked St Andrews with more powerful running as Alfie Ling’s penalty extended the lead to eight.

The response from St Andrews was clinical, however, scoring three times in the second period as poor decision-making cost Brackley even a losing bonus-point despite the home side enjoying large spells of dominance.

Brackley remain second bottom and entertain runaway league leaders Biggleswade this week.