Bicester dismantle Wallingford to move fourth

Tom Miles
Tom Miles

Bicester are fourth in the Southern Counties North after a stirring nine-try defeat of Wallingford in a rearranged fixture.

Both forwards and backs displayed excellent handling and ball carrying skills, whilst in defence the tackling was impressive as Francois Weise was named man of the match and young full-back George Upton scored a hat-trick of tries.

Fly-half Tom Miles converted eight of the nine tries and also added a penalty in a sparkling performance with the boot, totalling 19 points, to boost the final margin of victory to 64-12.

Early on, scrum-half Mike Harris and lock Andrew Faulkner initiated a sweeping crossfield move, which ended with good driving play by props Tom Horwood and Alex Macdonald for a penalty to Bicester that Miles duly banged over.

Ali Atashgah and Weise then released Miles and young centre Dan Walker down the left and the ball was switched inside for prop Macdonald to plunge across for his and Bicester’s first try, converted by Miles.

That try signalled the start of a dominant period for Bicester who went over again through Upton before winger Christian Mann sent Walker on an electric 40 metre run to the corner, and that was followed by Upton racing through for his second.

Miles converted all three tries to put Bicester 31 points ahead which soon become 38-0 at half-time thanks to Lemeki Valevou’s converted try.

More of the same followed in the second half as Lewis Foy, Miles and Mann combined to send Macdonald across for his second try, while a superb pass from centre Valevou on the right gifted Upton an unconverted try in the corner, his third of the game.

Wallingford then rallied as two tries in three minutes, from Jack Greenaway and then Finn Sayce, stemmed the Bicester bombardment, however the visitors quickly regained control as a fine move saw Valevou touch down following a barnstorming run from lock Lock Atashgah.

Finally, yet more slick handling by the visitors ended with flanker Matt Dye driving strongly from a line-out on the left, and as Harris recycled from a ruck in the centre, Atashgah embarked on a 20 metre burst down the blindside to the try line, Miles again converting.

Bicester, who still have an outside chance of promotion with six points separating them from second-placed Aylesbury, host Marlow this weekend.