Following a disastrous start, things went from bad to worse for Brackley at home to Thorney in a re-arranged league fixture as they were beaten 36-5 in Midlands 4 East (South).
The Cambridgeshire outfit rocked Brackley when they opened the scoring within two minutes. After a clearance kick by Mike Lowe was judged to have been taken outside his 22, the visitors won the ensuing line-out and turned Brackley’s defence inside out for an unconverted try in the corner.
Try number two and a conversion weren’t long in coming as Thorney’s impressively quick fly-half rounded Brackley’s back division. Though the home team briefly rallied, another Thorney breakaway brought a third try.
Yet Brackley struck back as Lowe handed off the opposition full-back and scythed his way over the whitewash.
However, that would be the last hurrah for Brackley as Thorney’s right winger brought the first period to a close with an unconverted try for a half-time score of 22-5.
Brackley did manage to hold their own during the third quarter, but apart from a forward surge into Thorney’s red zone, their energy was largely expended in keeping the visitors at bay.
That inevitably took its toll as the match moved into the final quarter and Thorney stepped up a gear to land try number five and a conversion.
With Brackley running out of gas, the visitors’ fly-half put the finishing touches to a comprehensive victory with a solo break and a try between the posts before adding the extras.
Brackley travel to Deepings this weekend.