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Bicester
Marlow
P Salkeld, D Spencer, A Hall
Full time
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S Richardson
Sat 7 Oct 15:00 - South West Division - South West 1 East

MATCH REPORT: Bicester 18 - 17 Marlow

#BicesterRUFC, #MarlowRFC

RUGBY S.W.1 EAST BICESTER 18 MARLOW 17 BY PAUL CHRISP

A superb all-round performance by the entire pack of forwards proved to be just enough for Bicester to be acclaimed worthy winners, in this hard fought contest. Marlow were well organised and incisive behind the scrum, but their forwards struggled to retain possession in the set-piece scrums and Bicester flanker Jack Horwood stole their line-out ball four times. Bicester were dominant in the loose play too, where the energetic ball carrying of no.8 Wes Westaway, combined with the tackling and running skills of Jack Horwood and fellow back rower Ryan Biscoe, earned the trio a communal match award. Bicester scored first, but 2 tries by Marlow gave them a 12-5 lead, 16 minutes from half-time. Then, with the last kick of the 1st half, fly half Sam Richardson reduced the home arrears to 4 points. Bicester regained their early lead with 2 second half tries, before Marlow bounced back 6 minutes from the end with a try, which mercifully for Bicester, they failed to convert, and home celebrations commenced.

After just 2 minutes Bicester were ahead. A chip kick inside the Bicester half on the left by winger Adam Hall was scooped up by Ryan Biscoe, who sent scrum-half Christian Mann careering down the left-side and the ball emerged from a series of rucks across the centre of the field, for right wing Phil Salkeld to dart across for an unconverted try in the corner. Ten minutes later Marlow safely gathered a Bicester kick ahead from a line-out, and the ball was transferred across the field to the right, for winger Stuart Jordan to cross in the corner for a try, converted also by full-back Nicolas Carvey. At this point, Christian Mann retired due to a head injury, and replacement Ollie Dawkins took over at scrum half. Bicester suffered another blow when centre Dan Spencer went off with a knee injury and soon, despite a try saving tackle from Jack Horwood, Bicester were punished for losing their (only) line-out ball, as Marlow hooker Curran McMillan stretched across for a try on the right. Carvey’s conversion attempt was off target, and following pressure by Bicester just before the break, Wes Westaway’s rampaging drive off a scrum, down the right, was rewarded with a penalty award, which fly-half Sam Richardson banged over from 18metres.

Bicester regained their lead midway through the second session, after a strong tackle on the left-side resulted in a scrum award. as the forwards drove on powerfully, a penalty was conceded by the visitors, and Dan Spencer stormed over to the left of the posts. Richardson’s conversion attempt was unsuccessful, and Dan Spencer retired again this time permanently. Straightaway, Marlow loose-head prop Ross Hayworth was sin-binned, for striking Jack Horwood, and Bicester lost no time, launching a slick handling move which began on the left, continuing into the centre, before being rapidly switched back to the left-side, where full-back Charlie Bethell sent winger Adam Hall scorching across in the corner, for another unconverted try. With 17 minutes left, Bicester were now 6 points ahead, but the visitors were not yet finished, and 6 minutes from time, another Bicester kick was collected, before being moved out wide to the right where centre Vanavasa Bai raced across in the corner. To Bicester supporters' delight, Carvey’s conversion attempt failed, and Bicester were victorious for the second successive Saturday.

Results: Beaconsfield 2nd XV 25 - 17 Bicester 2nd XV (Tries: Craig Smith 2, Penalty: George Upton, Conv: Upton 2)
Fixtures:
Sat 14th Oct: Oxon Cup, Bicester v Gosford All Blacks (home)

Key moments

2:00
Try Phil Salkeld scores for Bicester
12:00
Try Try for Marlow
13:00
Conversion Conversion for Marlow
15:00
Try Try for Marlow
39:00
Penalty Sam Richardson kicks a penalty for Bicester
58:00
Try Dan Spencer scores for Bicester
62:00
Try Adam Hall scores for Bicester
74:00
Try Try for Marlow

Highlights

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74:00 Try 18 - 17
Try for Marlow
62:00 Try 18 - 12
Adam Hall scores for Bicester
58:00 Try 13 - 12
Dan Spencer scores for Bicester
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 8 - 12
Sam Richardson kicks a penalty for Bicester
15:00 Try 5 - 12
Try for Marlow
13:00 Conversion 5 - 7
Conversion for Marlow
12:00 Try 5 - 5
Try for Marlow
2:00 Try 5 - 0
Phil Salkeld scores for Bicester
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bicester
  • Marlow
  • 0
  • Phil Salkeld Try 2:00'
  • Try 12:00'
  • Conversion 13:00'
  • Try 15:00'
  • Sam Richardson Penalty 39:00'
  • Dan Spencer Try 58:00'
  • Adam Hall Try 62:00'
  • Try 74:00'

Team selection

Bethell, Charlie Bethell, Charlie
Salkeld, Phil Salkeld, Phil
Wiese, Francois Wiese, Francois
Spencer, Dan Spencer, Dan
Hall, Adam Hall, Adam
Richardson, Sam Richardson, Sam
Mann, Christian Mann, Christian
Westaway, Wesley Westaway, Wesley
Biscoe, Ryan Biscoe, Ryan
Horwood, Jack Horwood, Jack
Faulkner, Andrew Faulkner, Andrew
Thurlow, Will Thurlow, Will
Withers, George Withers, George
Anns, Will Anns, Will
Horwood, Tom Horwood, Tom

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Stratford Upon Avon 10 26
9. Oxford Harlequins 10 24
10. Wimborne 10 24
11. Swindon 10 15
12. Bicester 10 14
13. Grove 10 12
14. Marlow 10 8

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