Bicester welcomed Towcester to Oxford Road for what was expected to be a competitive match, however another poor tackling game and a tendency to get isolated with the failure to secure second phase ball gave Towcester an easy ride.
The first half started and play was fairly even with both sides competing at the breakdown, however Towcester were getting the better of the third phase of play where Bicester were getting isolated and from this Towcester won a turnover and ran the ball where Bicester missed tackles to let them in to score 0 – 5. Bicester took the ball down into the Towcester 22 but allowed another turnover which was ran back and through the cover defence to score 0 – 10. Bicester started to pressure in midfield forcing Towcester to kick but the ball was not dealt with allowing Towcester to easily recycle and go over 0 -15. Towcester now reverted to a kicking game and following up on a kick through the ball bounced nicely for Towcester to gather and score 0 – 22. This was not the start Bicester were expecting and they had to dig deep to take the game back deep into Towcester territory. From a scrum a No.8 pick up by Mark made ground and the forwards piled in to drive forward before Josh picked from the base of the ruck to go over to score 5 – 22 to end the half.
Bicester knew that they had to pick their game up in the second half if they wanted to win but again the first up defence was not effective allowing Towcester to break through to score 5 - 29. Bicester tried to run the ball and when the cover came across a good kick was put in by Benjamin to roll into touch on the Towcester 22. They took a quick lineout but Benjamin was alert and put in a strong tackle and with the Towcester player trying to pass the ball Mark was up to intercept and dive over to score with Max converting 12 – 29. Was this going to signal a turnaround in the game, but sadly no as Bicester’s game plan was forgotten and tackles were going too high or not at all allowing Towcester to run through and score 3 easy tries taking the score to 12 – 46. All that was left was to play for a bit of pride and after a forward drive Josh went over to score 17 – 46, but there was still just enough time for Towcester to run the ball wide and with good support score in the corner 17 – 51 to end the game.
Not a good performance where Bicester reverted to a team of individuals rather than individuals making a team and the recent improvement in defence was sadly lacking. The normal driving support play that Bicester thrive on was missing and the memories of rampaging Bicester were a few games ago now. Back to the basics in training and hopefully the mojo will return. Squad of Josh, Alfie, Drew, Oscar, Tom B, Dan B, Garin, Adam, Cameron D, Mark, Christian, Ieuan, Max, Benjamin, Tom C, Cameron H, Ben L, Ethan, Louis