Bulls move up to second following victory at Wimborne
Banbury Bulls moved up to second in Wadworth 6X South West One East following a hard-fought 34-10 victory at Wimborne.
A brace of tries for Alex Caviezel Cox and Jacob Mills helped Bulls secure all five points in Saturday's fixture.
James Leonardi won a penalty for Bulls straight from the kick-off after Wimborne were penalised for holding on and Ed Phillips settled any early nerves by nailing the kick. Phillips extended the lead with a penalty following an off the ball incident.
Caviezel Cox came on for the injured Jack Briggs and within minutes of his introduction he scored the opening try. A flowing backs move ended with Justin Parker drawing his opposite marker and he popped a fine pass to Caviezel Cox who sprinted over from outside the 22 and Phillips converted.
Shortly after Caviezel Cox scored his second try of the game. A great pass from Tommy Gray released Caviezel Cox on the right wing and, as the cover defence closed, he kicked down the line before winning the footrace to gather the ball and score to the right of the posts and Phillips converted.
Wimborne reduced the arrears early in the second half with a penalty after Bulls were penalised for going off their feet at the breakdown and Joel Mariner kicked the long-distance penalty. Tom Macdonald was yellow carded after he unsuccessfully tried to intercept a Wimborne pass, knocking the ball on.
But, following some great work from the forward pack, a Banbury scrum was stopped inches short of the try line. Jacob Mills picked and went quickly from the breakdown and stretched over for try number three which Phillips converted.
Bulls secured a try bonus point with the best score of the game. Gray started the move with a strong run from his own half before releasing Duncan Leese with a back of the hand pass. Leese was tackled by the last man but he offloaded to Mills who dived over for his second try which Phillips converted.
Jack Young scored a late consolation try following a quickly taken penalty released the winger for a try in the corner and Mariner converted.