And so to the final game of the season and no respite as Bicester travelled down to Windsor for a winner takes all clash between the top 2 teams in the OBB League Division 3 Red. At the end of a long season with several players carrying injuries the game was tense and tight with neither side willing to give ground to the opposition where Bicester came out just on the wrong side of the result but pressing to the final minute. Another great performance from a Bicester Colts team who gelled right from the start and grew together over the season.
From the kick-off it was evident that this was going to be a close game between two committed and strong running teams. It was nip and tuck as first Bicester made ground and then Windsor responded and each time the defences stood firm. Then it was Windsor’s turn to press and Bicester defend and finally a breakthrough appeared as Windsor were awarded a penalty but put the kick just wide. Bicester came back and finished the half strongly and were awarded a penalty which Dan W kicked straight and true to go into half-time with a lead 0 – 3.
The second half started much like the first with both teams driving at each other but again with defences strong the game looked like a stalemate. Bicester made a couple of uncharacteristic handling mistakes to give Windsor possession and field position which they capitalised on with extra numbers out wide they scored in the corner 5 – 3. Bicester came back and started pressing but allowed a Windsor runner some room to make a break where he was stopped just short but they recycled the ball and drove over under the posts 12 – 3. But this Bicester side never gives up and with some exciting play from both backs and forwards they worked an overlap for Lewis who put his head down to score in the corner 12 – 8. Now it was Bicester driving forward but stern Windsor defence was holding them out. Bicester worked their way down to near the Windsor line for one last attack but time ran out and the referee whistled for full-time.
Both Windsor and Bicester ended the League season equal on 29 points but due to the result of this match Windsor claimed the League title. The result could have gone either way and it is testament to two very organised and skilful sides that such a tense game was played in the right spirit. Bicester boys can be very proud of their season and the quality of their rugby that they have produced. Man of the Match: Sam for his leadership and organisation on the pitch. Squad of: Max, Ed, Callum, Oscar, Garin, Harrison, Ashley, Jonny, Dan B, Joey, Adam, Cameron, Christian, Dan W, Lewis, Louis, Sam, Mark, Ieuan, Michael