After the error strewn game of last week Bicester were hoping to get back on track as they welcomed Royal Wootton Bassett ‘B’ Colts to Oxford Road. With both sides lacking front row the game was played with uncontested scrums from the start. Bicester started clicking again and ran in some well worked tries to come out on top against a determined RWB side.
From the off the crowd could see that it was a different Bicester this week as they immediately put pressure on RWB from the kick-off. Good rucking saw clean ball going down the back line but RWB cover held Bicester up. From a penalty Bicester kicked to the corner where a good catch and drive from the lineout put RWB on the back foot and when the ball came out Dan W was aware of the gap to go over for the first try which he converted 7 – 0. From the restart RWB made good ground and drove at Bicester as well as looking to move wide but the Bicester defence was back to its best and repelled all the attacks. Bicester then were able to gain momentum and with both the forwards and backs combining they made progress down the pitch until Jimmy found some space to score in the corner which Dan W converted 14 – 0. From the restart the ball did not go 10 but Bicester played on with Ashley charging onto the bouncing ball and making 50 metres before he was bundled into touch just short by a try saving tackle from the RWB fullback. RWB were battling for everything and cleared their lines taking play up to the half way mark where the first half ended.
Bicester kicked off the second half and again put pressure on the RWB receiver but a relieving kick was put in that Bicester ran back being stopped in midfield where Lewis, straying in from his wing, picked the ball up and went on a wide run around the outside of the defence for an excellent score 19 – 0. Bicester were playing well but found RWB very determined in the tackle and space in midfield was tight. Bicester made a good break but they were held up, from the resulting scrum the ball was passed down the line to Lewis who with still lots to do broke a couple of tackles and outstripped the rest of the defence to score 24 – 0. Bicester kept driving forward and again good rucking allowed the ball to be available but the RWB defence held firm with no way through for Bicester. RWB were trying to utilise a kicking game and managed to work their way into the corner where they were able to drive over and score with an excellent conversion 24 – 7. Were Bicester going to ease off and let RWB back into the game, with a resounding ‘No’ Bicester counter rucked well to turnover the ball and with a couple of forward drives the ball was there for Cameron to pick up and charge over for a good team try 29 – 7. RWB never gave up and to their credit asked a lot of questions of the Bicester defence which stood up well to the test and Bicester after turning the ball over made a break up the pitch before Louis found some space to show his speed outstripping the defence to score the final try 34 – 7. Mention must also go to Michael making his debut for Bicester where he put in some well timed tackles to stop dangerous RWB attacks.
Bicester were back on their game driving forward and securing good ball at the breakdown before releasing the runners out wide. Man of the Match: Lewis for taking his tries well under pressure. Squad of: Dan B, Callum, Garin, Harrison, Jonny, Ashley, Joey, Adam, Cameron, Christian, Dan W, Louis, Lewis, Sam, Laith, Jimmy, Michael and Ieuan.