Brutal Bicester slay Bletchley to stay second

Prop Dave Lawther scores a try on his Bicester debut. Picture by Lisa Horwood
Prop Dave Lawther scores a try on his Bicester debut. Picture by Lisa Horwood

Bicester staged a sparkling display of open running rugby as they annihilated Bletchley 66-0 in a 10-try spectacular to remain second in Southern Counties North, seven points ahead of third-placed Thatcham, but still four points behind rampant leaders Marlow.

Bletchley completed well in the scrum but the visitors were dominant both in the line-outs, where man of the match flanker Francois Weise was outstanding, and in the loose.

In addition to the power of their forwards, the pace and handling skills of the Bicester back line were equally impressive as the visitors scored five tries in each half, with Dave Hampton and Matt Dye both crossing the line twice, whilst apart from the first try in both halves, Tom Miles converted on the other eight occasions.

Bicester were 12 points ahead inside the first 10 minutes when Miles and then Lemeki Valevou darted across the whitewash before Hampton continued their dominance with a third try.

Miles converted twice and more was to come before half-time as winger George Upton sent Aslett away on the left and he then teed up Hampton for his second, and that was followed by Upton, Hampton and Charlie Bethell combining to send over Matt Dye.

Bicester led by 33 points at half-time but they didn’t ease off in the second-half when Ali Atashgah took advantage of a rampaging crossfield charge by Ryan Gallacher to touch down before Upton plunged over with Miles converting.

The onslaught continued until the very end as Dye stretched over for his second while Dickie Walsh sidestepped his way past several defenders for a ninth Bicester try, and there was still time left for a flowing move to culminate in replacement Dave Lather crashing under the posts.

Miles converted to take his tally of points to 21 for the match, and now the focus turns to this week when Bicester host close neighbours Buckingham.