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RUGBY UNION: Bicester's fightback in vain as Gosford hold on
10:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Rugby
Bicester just failed to pull off a great comeback as they went down 25-22 at home to Gosford All Blacks in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier Division.
The visitors scored all their points in the first half, which they led 25-10, and were down to 13 players at the final whistle after prop Tony Baughan and flanker Dan Hughes were sin-binned.
Gosford fly half Harry Sutton cut through for the opening try, but Bicester full back Josh Young replied in kind after a strong run from captain Dan Spencer.
Tim Ellis slotted a penalty before converting Sutton’s second try.
Gosford led 22-5 after Sutton, Rhys Hayward and Ellis combined for Hayward to score and Ellis to convert.
Ellis added a penalty, but Bicester prop Dave Behan went over just before half-time.
Spencer ran in Bicester’s third try after they took a scrum against the head.
The same player went over again for Bicester and fly half Steve Risbridger converted for 25-22.
Bicester had hooker Jake Holdsworth sin-binned, but kept on pressing.
Gosford, however, defended bravely, even when down to 13 men, to take the points.
Alchester’s high penalty count cost them in a 19-10 defeat at Aylesbury in Southern Counties North.
Only dogged defence kept the visitors in touch, but Jonny Burgess’s late penalty denied them a losing bonus point.
James Woodfall kicked Aylesbury ahead with two penalties, but Alchester replied when prop Charlie Surman barged over.
With their back-row forward Dan Kimber in the sin-bin, Alchester conceded their only try of the match, Jim Dodds touching down from a driving maul.
Woodfall converted and slotted another penalty for 16-5 early in the second half.
Some Alchester pressure led to a yellow card for Aylesbury skipper Graham Sale and wing Kristian Ancil went over.
Ancil went close again, but Burgess sealed the visitors’ fate.
BB&O Div 2: Reading Abbey 2nd 26, Bicester 2nd 14 (tries F Everitt, M Malins; cons J Blake 2).
BB&O Div 3 North: Bicester 3rd 22 (tries J Wheatley 2, M Gulvin, J Entwistle; con A Lowen), Chinnor 4th 19.