Bicester’s struggles continue with defeat

BICESTER 1st XV succumbed to their seventh defeat in nine matches this season as they suffered a disappointing 30-23 loss at bottom of the table Risborough.

The Oxfordshire side had to be content with just a single losing bonus-point after they squandered a seven-point half time lead having controlled the first half.

Risborough gained in confidence and authority during the second period, scoring three tries and a penalty for a total of 22 points to claim their first win of the season and leave Bicester lying ninth.

Bicester started brightly – driving Risborough off their scrum ball before good play from Mike Harris and Yamika Banda engineered a penalty which Tom Bass slotted over.

Risborough hit back swiftly through a Nick Grimsdell penalty and the home side then went ahead as Liam Roads finished off a neat move for an unconverted try.

Shortly before half time, Bicester scrum half Harris went on a jinking run before Dave Aslett was sent careering down the right flank for a try that was converted by Bass.

Aslett almost scored again from the restart but from the resulting penalty, hooker Jake Sawyer fed Matt Duncalf, who put Harris across for a second try to give Bicester a 15-8 lead at half time.

Both sides exchanged penalties at the start of the second half – Grimsdell and Bass on target – before Grimsdell crashed over to bring the scores level at 18-18.

Bicester responded immediately as Banda raced across the try line but that was cancelled out by Tom Slade’s try.

With five minutes to go, the home team were rewarded for their second half effort when Dan Brown powered down the blind side for his side’s fourth try, which was converted by Grimsdell to steal victory.

This weekend, third from bottom Bicester host league leaders Stow-on-the-Wold, who are yet to lose this season.