04:00PM, Wednesday 20 February 2019
Marlow RFC enacted some revenge as they beat Bicester 30-13 after losing heavily to them earlier in the season.
Marlow came into the game with six straight victories under their belt, while Bicester were in mixed form having won two and lost two since Christmas.
And the better of the early exchanges went with the form side, as Marlow got on the scoreboard first thanks to a slick try from Miles Noble. And, after just 18 minutes Marlow went over again, this time through Chris Clarke to take a commanding 10-0 lead early on.
Bicester grew into the game and got their first points of the contest from a penalty and from there controlled the remainder of the first half – going over twice in the closing stages to make the score 13-10 to the visitors at the break.
The hosts came out for the second half with a job to do to claim their seventh win on the bounce and took the lead eight minutes later – Will Sones scoring an unconverted try to put Marlow back in the lead at 15-13.
Debutant Daniel Lewis made his mark on proceedings, breaking down the right before offloading to Vanavasa Bai, who made no mistake in scoring, giving the hosts the all important bonus-point. At 20-13 Bicester dug deep to resist the home sides attacking threat but Nick Carvey added another three points following a nasty no arms tackle on Max Roberts, which resulted in yellow card for the Bicester player.
With only 14 men Bicester found it hard to keep Marlow at bay and Clarke scored his second try of the day, with Carvey converting to round off the Marlow win.
Another maximum point victory see’s Marlow keep pace with Buckingham in second place as attention now turns to their RFU Intermediate Cup match against Sherbourne.
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