Brutal Bicester demolish Aylesbury

Dan Spencer
Dan Spencer

Bicester produced another exhilarating display of running rugby to score five tries in each half and storm to a 56-12 victory at Aylesbury Athletic.

Bicester were without regulars Chris Harley and James Holton, but Mike Harris, Steve Miller and Josh Young all produced outstanding displays while captain Dan Spencer scored a hat-trick to keep Bicester firmly in the promotion chase in the BBO Premier.

Only five minutes had ticked by and Bicester already had 10 points on the board following two unconverted tries. First, a breakaway by Miller on the left saw the ball transferred across to the right where Spencer put Dickie Walsh across in the corner, before Jamie Stevens stormed down field and the ball was again spread across the pitch for Matt Duncalf to cross in the left corner.

The visitors continued to dominate as they worked the ball through six phases of play, before winning an Aylesbury scrum against the head, which resulted in Spencer touching down for his first try.

After Miller converted, Aylesbury missed the chance to reduce the arrears from a penalty, and Bicester went through another seven phases of play which this time saw Spencer claim his second try and Miller again convert.

Matt Duncalf then fluffed a fine chance to extend the lead, but it mattered little as Bicester quickly strung together another free-flowing period of play for Matt Dye to stretch across, with Miller’s conversion putting Bicester into a commanding 31-0 lead.

Dave Aslett was next to cross for the rampant visitors and after Aylesbury had briefly stemmed the tide with a converted try, Harris and Spencer combined well to put in Nial Morrow for a seventh Bicester try, quickly followed by an eighth as Spencer completed his hat-trick.

The influential Spencer then sent Aslett across for his second before Duncalf rounded off the scoring in the dying minutes. Bicester travel to bottom of the table Littlemore this weekend.

Elsewhere, Bicester IIs lost 27-17 to Amersham & Chiltern IIIs despite tries from Francois Blin and Alex MacDonald.