Bicester travelled down to Swindon for a new fixture against Supermarine with a depleted squad but with the desire to come back with the spoils. In a hard attritional match against a strong but predictable side Bicester put in a defensive masterclass and made the most of their chances to come out winners.
Supermarine kicked off and immediately put Bicester on the backfoot with some driving forward play. Bicester absorbed the early pressure and started to gain a bit of go forward themselves. However the Supermarine gameplan was soon evident of winning the ball upfront and kicking to the corners and they rarely deviated from this all game. Gaining some superiority in the lineout Supermarine were able to catch and drive at the Bicester line but were held up with Bicester stealing important balls to allow them to clear their lines. From one of these Bicester made a rare excursion into the oppositions half and were able to hack through putting pressure on the Supermarine fallback and with good turnover ball Ieuan threw an outrageous dummy which the whole backline bought allowing him to run unopposed through the gap and under the posts for the first score which Dan W converted 0 – 7. The first half ended with Bicester with their tails up tackling everything that was put before them.
Straight from the second half kick off Bicester were chasing and Cameron caught the ball and drove forward where Supermarine were offside and Dan W coolly slotted over the penalty 0 – 10. For the rest of the second half it was all Supermarine and Bicester could not get their hands on the ball but their defensive work was top notch. Supermarine were now recycling the ball and charging forward but the Bicester tackles were firm and there was no way through. Again Supermarine reverted to kicking into the corner for their forwards to catch and drive from the lineout. When the ball did come out the Supermarine flyhalf was terrorised by Adam playing at openside who caught him in possession time and time again to disrupt the Supermarine play. Supermarine pressure won them a penalty which they again opted to kick to the corner and this time they were able to catch and drive over for a good forward try 5 – 10. This looked ominous for Bicester and Supermarine continued to kick good possession into the corner rather than running the ball and it was a quiet afternoon for the outside backs. However Bicester were not going to let another drive occur and countered each lineout with good defence with Dan W putting in some strong clearance kicks to relieve the line. Once clear of their line Bicester continued to harry Supermarine into mistakes and finally Bicester won a penalty. Dan W kicked cleanly but it just slid past the post. However Supermarine were offside from the 22 dropout giving Bicester another chance and this time Dan W made no mistake as the ball flew between the posts and the final whistle sounded 5 – 13 to Bicester.
An outstanding game where Supermarine must wonder how they lost it given the dominance in possession, but through a mixture of resolute defence and taking the chance when it appeared Bicester thoroughly deserved the victory. Man of the Match: Adam for making the opposition 10’s life very difficult. Squad of: Max, Garin, Callum, Ashley, Jonny, Oscar, Adam, Joey, Cameron, Christian, Dan W, Lewis, Sam, Mark, Louis, Ieuan and Laith.