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RUGBY UNION: Littlemore claim derby spoils
11:00am Tuesday 12th March 2013 in Sport
LITTLEMORE dented Chipping Norton’s promotion hopes with a 24-0 home victory in the BB&O Premier Division.
Oxfordshire Shield finalists Chippy had long looked like sealing second place in the table, but have now lost their last three matches.
Max O’Donnell grabbed a try double. Ralph Jones and Darren Warne also went over for the hosts, with Jones kicking two conversions.
Gosford All Blacks felt aggrieved in a 33-30 defeat at Hungerford.
The decisive score came when replacement Dan Holly touched down Hungerford’s final try, despite an apparent knock-on.
Captain Tim Ellis’s penalty opened the scoring for Gosford.
Tries from hooker Chris Woodruff (2) and skipper Jon Bastable, Ian Alexander converting one, put Hungerford 17-13 ahead at half-time, with Ellis slotting a penalty and converting lock Andy Simm’s try.
Gosford centre Tom Kinsey (2) and No 8 Dan Hughes, who was also sin-binned, went over in the second half, with Ellis converting one.
But Woodruff and Holly crossed for Hungerford, while Alexander kicked two penaties.
Bicester battled back, but still lost 25-19 at Phoenix.
Phoenix led 15-0 thanks to tries from wing Chris Harrison and flanker Tony Porter, full back Jason Townsend converting one and adding a penalty.
Bicester scrum half Craig Smith darted over in reply, with Tom Bass converting. Then fly half Yamika Banda’s try made it 15-12.
The visitors had Tom Horwood sin-binned before centre James Taylor touched down for Phoenix, Townsend converting.
Prop Dave Behan’s try, converted by Banda, gave Bicester hope, but Townsend kicked a penalty.
Didcot climbed to fifth in the BB&O Championship with a 34-24 home victory over Crowthorne.
Joe Morris, John Madley and John Stephens scored their tries, with Josh Witts kicking 11 points and Paul Costello eight.
Faringdon were pipped 12-8 at home to Berkshire Shire Hall.
Matt Tyrell went over for the hosts, and Darren Clark added a penalty.
BB&O Div 2: Buckingham 2nd 55, Bicester 2nd 17 (tries J Holdsworth, S Risbridger; cons J Blake 2; pen Blake).
Friendly: North Bristol XV 0, Oxford Harlequins XV 36 (tries J Vazquez 3, V Tavano, B Bodinham, J Derrick; cons D Todd 2, M Todd).