Brackley RUFC suffered their second successive defeat at the hands of Vipers in Midlands 3 East (South).
With the scoreline at 13-22 and 30 minutes left to play, any hope of Brackley hauling themselves back into contention was dashed when Vipers charged down an attempted clearance kick for a try and the referee’s red card reduced the home team to 14 men.
From then on, it was one-way traffic as the Leicester outfit crossed Brackley’s line three more times to cruise to a 44-13 victory.
A much-strengthened Brackley pack took to the park and had Vipers on the back foot for the first 10 minutes, yielding a penalty goal from Mike Lowdell to open the scoring.
The visitors responded through a converted try, but Brackley regained their ascendancy and a second Lowdell penalty reduced the arrears to one point.
However, Brackley’s defence began to creak midway through the first half and Vipers ran in two tries and kicked a penalty to hold a 16-point half time lead.
The hosts briefly threatened to stage a second half comeback, scoring a fine solo try through Andy Jones, but a red card to Stefon Bagot-Webb ended Brackley’s hopes as the visitors ran away with victory.
This weekend, Brackley 1st XV are at home again, when they face a resurgent Daventry who overcame Biggleswade 21-15 on Saturday.