Brackley hammer Westwood

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BRACKLEY RUFC 1st XV have reached their goal of going into Christmas unbeaten after they thumped Westwood 50-0 in Midlands Four East (South).

Away to Westwood in the last league match of 2012, Brackley scored eight unanswered tries and five conversions to extend their winning streak to 12 out of 12, with 651 points for and 79 against.

The fixture came close to being postponed as heavy rain in the days leading up to the match made Westwood’s pitch unplayable.

But the game went ahead and Brackley got away to a bright start as number eight Seb Johnson powered his way through for an unconverted try with just five minutes on the clock.

Though Westwood held the line for the remainder of the first quarter, the writing was on the wall when scrum half Phil Spindlove nipped behind the Westwood pack for a try converted by fullback Jake Wise, followed by a buffeting run across the Westwood line from prop Luke Andrew.

Then, with half time approaching, fly-half Alfie Ling sparked off a move in the three-quarters, topping it off with a try in the corner to take the score at the interval to 0-22.

Inside a minute of the restart, Johnson had crossed the Westwood line for his second try, Wise adding the conversion.

With Brackley’s pack dominating proceedings, Wise was soon back on the scoreboard, appearing on the right wing to take the final pass along the back line for a try and conversion.

Centre Ken Marshall-Grant was next to carve a swathe through the midfield before finding Graeme Cartmell on his shoulder to complete the charge to the Westwood posts.

The fourth and final try of the half came from flanker Joe Collins who rounded the opposition before disappearing into the late afternoon gloom. Wise made no mistake with the conversion.

Brackley’s league programme continues on Saturday, January 5, at home to Bourne. The eighth placed Lincolnshire club took a 51-0 pounding from Bedford Swifts on their last outing.