Bicester Rugby Club round-up

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Bicester 1st XV secured their first win of the season as they edged out Aylesbury Athletic 43-40 in an entertaining match.

While weak tackling let in Alyesbury for five of their six tries, some strong scrummaging by the Bicester forwards produced four second half tries, ensuring that the visitors returned home with victory.

It was Aylesbury who took the lead when their fly-half sprinted from inside his own half, past several defenders to the posts for a converted score.

Bicester’s Dave Aslett quickly levelled the scores as he went over on the left with Dan Spence converting.

Chris Nixon then put the visitors ahead as he raced through before the home side regained the lead with two quick tries.

On the stroke of half time Bicester reduced the arrears to 19-17 as Aslett was released for his second try.

Early in the second half George Howson went over for the hosts while Michael Harris was next to cross with Spencer again kicking the extras to give his side a 31-19 advantage.

However, the hosts kept themselves in contention with another converted try but Bicester all but secured victory when Yamika Branda and Howson crossed.

Alyesbury made the final result closer than it should have been following two late converted tries but Bicester saw out victory.

Meanwhile, Bicester Colts enjoyed a comfortable 37-0 victory in a friendly against Banbury Colts.

Matt Duncalf grabbed a brace while there was a try each for Alec McDonald, Callum Nicholl, Ed Mawdsley, Ben Lee and Tom Van De Ploeg.

The 2nd XV also picked up victory at the weekend following a commanding performance to beat Tadley 32-12.

Despite losing Tom Hammond, who was taken to hospital having suffered concussion, newly-promoted Bicester produced a strong display to clinch victory courtesy of tries from Mark Malins, Simon Griffin, Peter Corker and two from Paul Gregory.

James Blake also kicked two conversions as well as a drop goal.

But the only defeat of the weekend came when Bicester 3rd XV were thrashed 73-7 by Drifters 2nds with the only try coming from Fin Smith, converted by Stuart John.

This weekend is the Mayor’s Invitational Challenge starting at 1pm at Oxford Road as Bicester RUFC take on 23 Pioneer Regiment.

The programme of events also includes a senior and minis tug of war, it’s a knock-out, a women’s tug of war and both a 7-a-side and 10-a-side match.

The afternoon ends with prize giving and raffle prizes.