Bicester try blitz sinks Littlemore

Bicester try scorer Chris Clayton
Bicester try scorer Chris Clayton

Bicester stunned Littlemore with a spectacular four-try blitz inside the first half-hour to win 36-5.

And when prop Tom Horwood scored his second try six minutes after half time, it was game over for the home side.

However, Littlemore refused to roll over and as Bicester went off the boil, the home forwards were rewarded with some strong driving play with a try before the visitors immediately replied with their sixth and final try from young lock forward Chris Clayton.

Charlie Nohre, a recent signing from Sevenoaks RFC, scored in his first appearance for the Bicester Premier League side.

Following the Littlemore try, 15 minutes from the end Bicester no 8 Dan Spencer was replaced by Mark Malins. Spencer, who sustained a blow to the head, expects to be fit for this Saturday’s game.

Bicester were ahead after four minutes following a superb multi-phase move.

First a rolling maul was set up in the centre, then a penalty was fired into touch on the left and from the line-out take by lock Tim Phipps, the pack drove on for 30 metres before the ball was spun out wide for Nohre to cross near the right post.

Then a poor clearance kick from a Littlemore scrum was gathered by Bicester and a fine break by full-back Adam Spencer was taken on by centre Dave Hampton, who crossed for another converted try.

Straightaway Dan Spencer combined with hooker Gareth Evans to release Dave Hampton on a 60-metre sprint to the line past several defenders. Steve Risbridger converted for the third and final time.

Next Dan Spencer drove off a Littlemore scrum which Bicester won against the head and from the line-out that followed Phipps again took a clean catch to set up the maul which gifted prop Tom Horwood his first try.

Six minutes into the second half Littlemore were penalised for crossing and from the line-out catch and drive which followed Risbridger’s long punt into touch on the left, Tom Horwood peeled off to scamper across for his second try.

Twenty-three minutes later, play by the Littlemore forwards from a line-out on the left, ended when flanker Darrel Rendell was driven across.

Simon Gamble’s conversion attempt sailed wide of the post. Immediately Dan Spencer retired and Risbridger linked with Hampton for scrum-half Craig Smith’s superb pass to send lock Chris Clayton careering over wide out on the left.

>> Bicester 1sts host Princes Risborough at home this Saturday, while the 2nds entertain Alchester 2nds. The 3rds travel to Reading 4ths. This Sunday Bicester Colts host Witney Colts.

Last Saturday Bicester 3rds were beaten 31-14 by Reading Abbey 3rds. Bicester try scorers were A.Teckoe,A.Heritage, with two conversions by Alec Smith.

Last Sunday Bicester Colts lost at Windsor Colts 29-7, Chas Nohre scoring a try for Bicester, with Duncan Reynolds converting.