BRACKLEY Rugby Club notched up their fifth consecutive league victory after beating Stamford College Old Boys 36-14.
In the face of tireless tackling from the home team, Brackley persisted in taking the ball into contact, yet almost invariably found themselves pinged at the breakdown.
Nevertheless, Brackley came away with a tally of six tries and three conversions to secure a bonus point and maintain their jostle with St Neots and Oundle for top spot in Midlands 4 East (S).
The visitors made the ideal start, second row Tim Carter battering his way forward and offloading to hooker Anthony Jones, who touched down with just two minutes gone. Stamford Old Boys’ resolute tackling then steadied the ship until a searing run from centre Jake Wise put left wing Rory Thomas away for Brackley’s second try.
When flanker Karl Aran forced his way through for a third, converted by Wise, a cricket score looked on the cards, but the hosts refused to capitulate, holding Brackley at bay for a half-time score of 0-17.
It was Stamford Old Boys who made the stronger start to the second half.
Quickly dispossessing Brackley in a tackle, they broke clear for a try and conversion to reduce the deficit to 10 points.
Brackley’s response was immediate, driving a maul along the left wing to the Stamford Old Boys’ line where skipper Jones bagged his second try of the match, Wise adding the two points.
A powerful surge by Thomas launched Jon Cooper down the opposite wing for Brackley’s fifth try, converted by Wise, but the score was offset when Stamford Old Boys’ fly half chipped a shrewd kick into open space for his left wing to gather for another converted try.
Carter countered with one his powerful charges, making vital yards before passing to Wise who crossed in the corner to complete the scoring.
Brackley’s league campaign continues on Saturday with a home match against struggling Wellingborough OGs.