OXFORD Saints bounced back in fine style when recording their first victory of the season with a dominant 52-22 win at home to Bristol Apache.

Just a week after suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Sussex Thunder, the Abingdon-based side scored seven touchdowns to beat Central Conference Division 1 South’s basement boys.

Isa Mohammed (2), Shaun Griffen, Tony Glover, Michael Oluwole, Sam Armstrong and Jeremie Leonard all crossed in a dominant win.

But they had to come from behind after Apache led 8-0 at Tilsley Park, thanks to Andy Watts, Freddy Marshall kicking the extra point.

Saints responded well and Mohammed ran in from 31 yards to cut the deficit to one point at the end of the first quarter.

The home side’s running backs were proving too hot to handle and they went on to lead 20-8 at half-time.

Griffen entered the endzone for Saints’ second touchdown, Sam Fielden kicking the extra point.

Mohammed then ran through for a 27-yard score, Fielden converting to stretch the advantage to 12 points.

Saints’ dominance continued in the third quarter.

After good work from Connor Day and Griffen, Glover scored the home side’s fourth touchdown.

Fielden kicked the extra point to make it 27-8.

Veteran Oluwole claimed the next score, running straight up the middle from three yards out, with Fielden again accurate with the kick.

It was soon 41-8 when Armstrong crossed following a sustained Saints drive and Fielden added the extra point.

A Fielden field goal extended the home side’s lead to 36 points at the start of the fourth quarter.

But Bristol showed resolve with two quick scores from Jim Powell-Cullingford.

They secured the extra two points after the first touchdown when Sam Leale-Green caught the pass.

But Saints had the last word, as James Sharples found Leonard.

Oxford ended the game with a surprise tactic as Fielden faked an extra-point kick and Ian Hiscock passed to Sam Armstrong to instead land two and make it 52-22.

Saints will be looking to make it back-to-back wins when they host Ouse Valley Eagles on Sunday.