A misfiring Brackley stumbled to their third successive league defeat when they were beaten 29-17 by Queens in Midlands Three East South at the weekend.
Absence through injury and unavailability hampered Brackley’s chances and, aside from a moment in the second half where it looked Brackley would get back into the game, Queens were able to pull away to a convincing win by five tries and two conversions against one try and four penalties.
The home side made the worst possible start as Queens’ Stewart Shinkin was allowed to stroll between the posts to open up a seven-point lead inside five minutes and, though Mike Lowdell pulled three points back through a penalty, the visitors extended their lead thanks to Shinkin again.
In the remainder of the half, three Lowdell penalties in response to a Queens unconverted try saw Brackley trail by seven at the interval and the hosts remained in contention with a good spell shortly after the restart.
However, Shinkin completed his hat-trick to seal the win, but not before Steve Harvey drove over for Brackley’s sole try.
Brackley’s campaign continues with a trip to Rugby St Andrews on Saturday as they look to lift themselves from second bottom.