Late onslaught helps Bicester to pulsating win at Aylesbury

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Bicester 1st XV chalked up their third win in a row with a pulsating 39-28 victory over Aylesbury Athletic in the BBO Premier.

The visitors, who dominated both the scrums and the loose forward play, enjoyed 80% of the territory and possession, but Aylesbury were quick to capitalise on defensive errors.

Bicester led 20-14 at half time, but Aylesbury then scored two converted tries to take the lead against the run of play, before with 15 minutes remaining, the visitors launch an onslaught to crash over the try line three times, sealing a bonus-point victory.

In a to-and-fro first half, Bicester struck first as they took the game straight to Aylesbury with hooker Jake Holdsworth going close to scoring before Michael Harris’ perfectly-timed pass sent winger Stuart James streaking over in the right-hand corner.

Bicester quickly doubled their lead as, after slick handling by Matt Dye and James Holton, Tom Shaw blitzed in a second score, but Aylesbury hit back thanks to a converted try from their outside-centre.

The visitors hit back immediately, though, and an Aylesbury infringement at their own scrum allowed Spencer and Harris to release James for to double his tally for the afternoon.

Bicester were then turned over and Aylesbury quickly moved the ball to the left where the inside-centre sped over for another converted try before, on the stroke of half time, Steve Risbridger’s pass set up a driving maul, from which James Holton touched down in the corner.

With Bicester seemingly in control at the break, Aylesbury produced a spirited fightback and scored two quick tries at the start of the second half to take a eight-point lead.

But the final 15 minutes belonged to Bicester as, first, Spencer reduced the deficit with an unconverted try, before Harrispowered across to the left of the posts to put the visitors back in front.

Risbridger converted and Bicester then secured victory when James Holton blasted his way through the defence for a final converted try.

Elsewhere, the IIs lost 31-10 to Amersham Chiltern.