The Numbers Game

The Numbers Game

By William Morris
31 January 2011
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"Bicester edged a poor match that will live short in the memory"!! Here is how the Oxford Mail Ed Mezzetti rated Satureday's game. Complaints to him!


By Ed Mezzetti »

See Tuesday’s paper for full report.

Competition: BB&O Premier Division

Score: Gosford All Blacks 5, Bicester 17

Bicester player ratings:

15. Dickie Walsh 6 (mixed bag)

14. Dave Aslett 5 (too many errors)

13. Dom Southey 6 (one decisive run)

12. Adam Spencer 6 (came to life in final minute)

20. Craig Smith 6 (tidy enough game)

10. Jak Cluness 6 (kicking let him down)

9. Steve Risbridger 8 (STAR MAN, exerted the control that others lacked)

1. Chris Giles 6 (did better at lock)

2. Dan Howood 5 (lacked accuracy)

3. Alex Benjamin 5 (worked over in the scrums)

5. Tom Horwood 6 (got stuck in)

16. Mark Malins 6 (injured early on)

6. Steve Sawyer 6 (battled ok)

7. Adrian Teckoe 7 (took his try well)

8. Tim Phipps 6 (could do better)

Replacements used:

17. Nick Evans 5 (didn’t arrest scrum problems)

19. Chris Tarratt 6 (very late appearance)

18. Chad Ward 6 (went off injured!)

Gosford player ratings:

15. George Humphreys 6 (solid enough)

14. Ed Ronan 6 (threatened occasionally)

13. Harry Sutton 6 (always positive)

12. Jack Briggs 6 (shone in patches)

11. Andy Trenier 5 (too quiet)

10. Alex Borthwick 6 (lacked spark)

9. Tim Ellis 6 (some good, some bad)

1. Dave Brogan 7 (scrummaged well)

2. Will Gillgrass 7 (very mobile)

3. Tony Baughan 7 (forceful game)

4. Tom Lloyd-Jones 6 (did his job)

5. Ed Parker 5 (didn’t impose himself)

20. Alex Webb 6 (fiery display, sin-binned)

7. Jez Fabes 6 (committed effort)

8. Dan Hughes 6 (battled hard)

Replacements used:

16. Matthew Williams 6 (very brief cameo)

18. James Stepney 6 (filled in fine)

xx. Andy Schwarz 6 (little chance to impress)

Referee: Nigel Gibson (Oxfordshire) – 5 (a touch whistle-happy)

Entertainment rating: 2.

Highlight: The final move of the match for Bicester’s second try actually got the ball moving.

Lowlight: Far too many to mention!

Form guide: For an hour, both sides deserved minus points for their abject displays, but the final quarter was at least watchable.

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