BRACKLEY RUFC 1st XV made it 10 out of 10 in Midlands Four East (South) after seeing off second-placed St Ives 20-0.
The home were made to work hard in the first half but having established a platform up front, they were able to cut through the St Ives defence in the final quarter to overcome the Cambridgeshire team by three tries, one conversion and a penalty goal.
The hard fought win extends Brackley’s lead at the top of the table to six points.
Brackley’s forwards were in the ascendancy from the first scrum, putting the St Ives pack under enormous pressure in the opening passages of play.
But they were unable to fashion any tries in the first period after twice being held-up over the St Ives’ line, their only reward before the interval being a penalty goal struck by Jake Wise.
St Ives continued to hold firm well into the second half until wing Charlie Green managed to unlock their defence with a characteristic raid in the corner.
The new pairing of Wise and Neil Sadler at centre promptly contrived with fly-half Mike Lowdell to put fullback Gareth Harvey clear through the midfield for a try between the posts.
Brackley were now in the hunt for a bonus point and further tries might well have ensued had St Ives not succumbed so frequently to injury as Brackley mounted attack after attack.
Nonetheless, Brackley worked patiently to re-establish field position for a last drive across the St Ives’ line from which replacement number eight Nick Tustain emerged with the ball to claim the try.
Brackley’s are away to third-placed St Neots this Saturday.