Leaders stunned by superb Bicester

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Bicester carried on from where they left off at Slough last week, staging another fine all-round performance to notch a superb 22-10 victory against top-of-the-table Tadley in the BBO Premier.

Early chances were missed at either end as Dan Spencer was held up on the line, and it took until the 28th minute for the deadlock to be broken when Jake Holdsworth drove inside and the forwards powered on before scrum half Michael Harry sailed under the posts for the first try.

Steve Risbridger converted and the home side maintained the momentum with penalty from Risbridger following a slick handling move.

Tadley eventually settled and, on the stroke of half time, Byron Bartlett pounced on a loose ball to touch down in the left corner and bring Tadley to within five points at the break.

After the interval, the visitors were rewarded for a 10-minute period of intense pressure inside the Bicester half as their pack drove powerfully downfield before Jake Cottel crossed for a second unconverted try, bringing the scores level.

A resilient Bicester responded impressively, however, and wing John Behan sprinted down the touchline to the left corner to put the hosts back in front, with Risbridger’s conversion extending Bicester’s lead to seven.

Tadley had three scrums in succession as they looked to hit back, but were turned over and a slick counter-attack by Bicester saw Risbridger and Harris combine to put Behan across for his second and Bicester’s third, which secured an impressive victory.

This weekend Bicester, who leap to fifth in the BBO Premier, travel to Aylesbury Athletic.