BRACKLEY RUFC edged a further point clear at the top of Midlands Four East South with an emphatic 57-0 win away to Thorney.
In a frequently fractious contest, Brackley appeared disjointed at times but strung together some good multi-phase play to produce nine tries and six conversions while maintaining a clean sheet for the third match in succession.
The visitors put their stamp on the match within the first five minutes, with number eight Graeme Cartmell driving deep into Thorney territory for hooker Anthony Jones to bag Brackley’s first try, converted by wing Jake Wise.
Cartmell was soon in action again, making vital yards before handing on to second row Tim Carter who found Harvey in support to run in the try, Wise adding the extra points.
With half time approaching, the match became increasingly bad-tempered and as a result, there was a spell in the sin bin for wing Rory Thomas, followed by the dismissal of Thorney’s inside centre for felling fly-half Mike Lowdell as he launched his outside backs in an attack rounded off by flanker Karl Aran. Wise was again on target to take the score at the interval to 0-21.
That lead was extended by five points when Brackley fed the ball along the line where Thomas kicked ahead and Harvey chased to touch down.
In a pulsating third quarter, Brackley’s centres Ken Marshall-Grant and Harvey stormed through the midfield for a try apiece, both converted by Wise, while Thomas joined in the fun with an unconverted try in the corner.
Dean Ryan, replacing Thomas in the final quarter, next put in a powerful run down the left wing before slipping the ball inside to scrum-half Phil Spindlove, whose try brought up the half century.
Wise added the conversion before making a dash along the opposite wing to touchdown in the corner.
Brackley’s league campaign resumes on January 26 when they are scheduled to entertain bottom of the table Stamford College Old Boys.