Nerveless Spencer kicks Bicester to famous win

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Dan Spencer kicked the winning penalty as Bicester recorded a memorable 15-13 victory over Beaconsfield in the Southern Counties North.

Another superb forward effort by Bicester provided the platform for a well-deserved and hard-earned victory against a gutsy Beaconsfield side.

Flanker Jack Horwood was named Man of the Match as Bicester again dominated both the scrummages and the loose play, with the hosts leading 12-10 until four minutes from the end, when the visitors banged over a penalty to take a one point lead but, two minutes later, Spencer snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with a stupendous penalty kick from 43 metres.

The home side were ahead after 27 minutes when they won a scrum against the head, and from a quick burst by James Holton, good ruck ball was recycled to the left where Mike Harris transferred possession back to the centre for James Grosvenor to collect brilliantly and dart full length under the posts for a try which Spencer also converted.

Straight away, lock Matt Dye drove off a tap penalty, and following good play by Grosvenor, more strong driving play by prop Tom Horwood ended with fellow prop Dave Behan sending Spencer careering down the right to cross for an unconverted try.

Six minutes later, Beaconsfield reduced their arrears to seven points after stealing Bicester line-out ball on the right and full-back John Goss plunged across for an unconverted try.

In the second half, despite playing uphill, Bicester continued to enjoy lots of good possession, but when the visitors fired a penalty into touch, from the line-out they moved the ball out wide to the left, where hooker James Watson touched down for their second try.

Although the conversion was missed, Ross Ritchie slotted over a penalty later in the half to put Beaconsfield ahead for the first time in the match with just four minutes remaining.

However, Bicester came straight back at the visitors and, despite being reduced to 14 men after winger Anthony Iverson was sent to the sin-bin, they drove powerfully up the left side where Beaconsfield infringed and Spencer held his nerve to slot the subsequent 43-metre penalty.

The result lifts Bicester to ninth in the Southern Counties North. This weekend they visit Thatcham.