Struggling Brackley put up a spirited fight at home to dominant Midlands 3 East (South) leaders Biggleswade at the weekend but were ultimately out-muscled 36-0.
Biggleswade have been beaten only once this season, averaging over 41 points a match, but Brackley gave a good account of themselves to restrict the visitors to just five tries and a penalty goal.
Continuing their recent form, Brackley’s pack again made a strong showing in the opening exchanges and took the game to Biggleswade and, with 10 minutes gone, Brackley had the first scoring opportunity but Alfie Ling put his penalty attempt just wide of the post.
Biggleswade’s potent back division then showed their quality as a sweeping move upfield brought an opening try.
Brackley came back at the visitors once more, holding their own until the 40 minute mark when Biggleswade again spun the ball wide for a second try and conversion. A penalty deep into injury time gave them a 17-0 lead at the interval.
It wasn’t until the final quarter that Biggleswade added to their tally when they crossed the Brackley line a further three times against a tiring Brackley defence.
Brackley’s league campaign continues when they travel to St Ives this week in need of a victory to keep their survival hopes alive.