Bicester U14's travelled in a rearranged fixture with just 18 players to face a Witney squad of 30. The match was split into three 25 minute games and Bicester started with high hopes that the previous weeks battling displays would continue. However it was not to be as Bicester left their tackling skills firmly at home (legs boys, legs!!). The first game was all Witney who exploited the blind side and showed how support and offloads should be done with Bicester letting the Witney runners through with little opposition, the first game finishing 0 - 36. The second game was slightly better but with Witney changing their whole team the Bicester scrum came under pressure repeatedly being forced backwards. The game remained scoreless until right at the end after another missed tackle Witney worked an overlap to score under the posts 0 - 7.
To give the Bicester boys credit they never gave up and started the third game with two forwards in the backs due to injuries. Bicester started to win some ball and decided to run what they could. A 'no.2 move' was well worked which allowed Ben L the space to outstrip the defence to score which Ieuan converted 7 - 0. Then after some good forward play the ball was moved blind for Mark to dive over 12 - 0. Things were starting to look better and Dan T picked up the ball and with a good hand off stretched out his long legs to run half the pitch to score 17 - 0. Witney came back and pressured the Bicester line the ball came back to Ed who kicked open and after good chasing the ball bounced up for Mark to run 60 metres to score under the posts which Ben L converted 24 - 0. Witney made some changes and came back at Bicester where another missed tackle let them in wide out 24 - 5. Then finally at a 5 metre scrum on the Bicester line Witney picked up and just managed to get over the line 24 - 12.
Final score over the three games 24 - 55. Witney showed excellent power and pace to keep driving at Bicester and the boys could have given up but they stuck at it with injured players coming back on to help the team they never gave up and plugged away until the end. I can however see a training session full of contact coming up with 'touch' banished until next season.