Ruthless Bicester demolish Slough

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Bicester produced a storming performance to demolish Slough 79-6 at the weekend and boost their hopes of promotion from the BBO Premier.

The hosts completely dismantled a lacklustre Slough side, who were restricted to just two first-half penalty goals, while Bicester scored 13 tries with seven coming in a one-sided opening period to open up a 41-6 half-time lead.

The organisation and supremacy of the home forwards combined with the electric handling skills of the backs ensured a beleaguered Slough remained on the back foot throughout as Bicester racked up a mammoth victory that strengthens their position near the top of the table.

Matt Duncalf scored four tries while Man of the Match, Chris Harley, Dan Spencer and Steve Miller all bagged a brace.

Max Miles put Slough ahead with a well-struck penalty on nine minutes, but immediately Bicester won a turnover which led to a penalty that saw Spencer sprint over the line for the opening try.

Within moments the home side added to their lead as Harley scampered across for a try converted by Michael Harris and although Miles reduced the arrears with a second Slough penalty, a rampant Bicester side continued to rack up the points with Harris and Dickie Walsh combining to put Duncalf across.

Again Spencer added the extras before Duncalf notched his second try, shortly followed by Steve Miller as Bicester seized total control.

Rob Arthur finished off a sublime cross-field move to further cement Bicester’s dominance, and then Jos Edwards darted across to give Bicester an unassailable 35-point lead at the interval.

The home side continued to take total command of the contest in the second period as Duncalf completed his hat-trick with a try that was brilliantly converted by Spencer, before the winger scored his fourth and was followed over by Miller, Spencer, Philip Small and finally Chris Harley to round off a convincing win.

Elsewhere, the Colts suffered a 26-0 loss to Witney.

This weekend Bicester face a top-of-the-table clash away at league leaders Tadley.