Bicester tighten grip on promotion spot

editorial image

Bicester clocked their seventh win in eight matches on Saturday as their promotion charge gathered pace with a 31-14 away win at bottom of the table Littlemore.

Bicester went ahead against the run of play when, midway through the half, a penalty was kicked into touch and after the forwards drove on, Josh Young’s kick was collected in the centre and spun out wide to the right where electric winger Dave Aslett sped to the line for a try.

Young converted before Steve Miller created an overlap for Matt Duncalf to streak over out wide on the left and increase the Bicester lead to 12 at the interval.

Eight minutes after the restart, full-back Dickie Walsh initiated a Bicester counter-attack from deep inside his own half that ended with Jamie Stevens sending Philip Small over for his third try in just five matches for Bicester.

After Dan Spencer had converted, Bicester further cemented their superiority over the lowly hosts with Dave Aslett next to cross the line following a scorching 40-metre dash as the visitors pulled further clear.

Darren Massey and Darren Warne did give Littlemore something to shout about as both scored tries – both converted by Simon Gamble – but Spencer had the final say with a last-minute try. Mike Harris added the extras.

Bicester remain second in the BBO Premier, six points clear of third-placed Hungerford having played a game more, while Tadley, now 21 points clear, continue to runaway with the title. Bicester