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Shipston do their bit but now face an anxious wait

Shipston-on-Stour have done all they can to earn promotion, now they face an anxious wait to see if they will go up.

Banbury Bulls' Joe Mills takes on the Exeter University defence. Photo: Simon Grieve

Goode backs his players to bounce back next season

It wasn’t the outcome Banbury Bulls were looking for but it was an incredible effort which just came up short.

Skipper Ian Isham scores for Banbury Bulls at Exeter University. Photo: Simon Grieve

Bulls’ journey comes to an end in play-off defeat

It’s been a memorable journey for Banbury Bulls but it came to a disappointing end.

Banbury Bulls's Matt Brock breaks through against Witney. Photo: Simon Grieve

Promotion is just one game away for Bulls

An outstanding season could get even better for Banbury Bulls on the final day.

Banbury Bulls' captain Ian Isham scores a try at Witney. Photo: Simon Grieve

Proud Goode delighted as players show their resolve

Banbury Bulls’ head coach Matt Goode is proud of his players no matter what happens in this weekend’s play-off fixture at Exeter University.

Andy Hunt made his 200th league appearance for Shipston

Rams face final day showdown for promotion

Shipston-on-Stour maintained their push for promotion with a 50-21 victory over Dunlop on Saturday.

Banbury Bulls' player-coach Matt Goode leads the charge at Witney. Photo: Simon Grieve

Bulls will face play-off trip to Exeter despite final day victory

Banbury Bulls will face Exeter University in the play-offs to decide who gains promotion to the South West Premier division.

Sam Cooper was on top form with the boot for Shipston-on-Stour against Alcester

Rams keep promotion hopes alive

Shipston-on-Stour kept their promotion hopes alive with a 20-14 victory over Alcester in Midlands Three West South.

Giles Saar breaks through for Banbury Bulls at Stratford. Photo: Simon Grieve

Saar inspires Bulls to grind out 15th win on the spin

At this stage of any campaign, it’s all about grinding out the wins.

Banbury Bulls skipper Ian Isham and player-coach Matt Goode get their hands back on the cup. Photo: Simon Grieve

First target is achieved but Goode looks for more

Head coach Matt Goode saw Banbury Bulls achieve one of his two pre-season targets and wants to keep that winning feeling until the end of the season.

Banbury Bulls celebrate their success in the Oxon Knockout Cup final. Photo: Simon Grieve

Cracknell bags a brace as Bulls keep their grip on the cup

Banbury Bulls retained the Oxon Knockout Cup with a dominant display in Thursday’s final at Iffley Road where Witney - and the elements - were unable to thwart Matt Goode’s side.

Banbury Bulls head coach Matt Goode

Goode knows Witney will be a tough test in final

Head coach Matt Goode is predicting a tough test for his Banbury Bulls side in tonight’s (Thursday) Oxon Knockout Cup final.

Jimmy Manley scores for Banbury Bulls against Swindon at the DCS Stadium

Clean sheet suits Goode more than points tally

Banbury Bulls head coach Matt Goode was more satisfied to keep a second successive clean sheet than to pile on the points against Swindon.

Sam Cooper was on form with the boot for Shipston at Upton

Clark leads way as Shipston hold on to take the points

Harry Clark completed a hat-trick of tries as Shipston-on-Stour won 33-29 at Upton-on-Severn in Saturday’s Midlands Three West South fixture.

Brackley fullback Seb Johnson races clear to score a try against Deepings. Photo: Neale Hutchinson

Brackley overturn deficit in fashion

Brackley overturned a 14-0 deficit to beat Deepings 54-19 in Saturday’s Midlands Four South East fixture.

Tommy Gray scores Banbury Bulls' first try against Swindon

Brilliant Bulls give Swindon a lesson and maintain run

Banbury Bulls' Kallum Dixey lends his support at Old Centralians. Photo: Simon Grieve

Goode full of praise for his battling boys in conditions

Head coach Matt Goode has said all along that strength in depth will be the key to his side’s success this season.

Banbury Bulls get to grips with Old Centralians. Photo: Simon Grieve

Brady puts Bulls on way to 12th straight success

Banbury Bulls finally overcame Old Centralians - and the elements - to extend their winning run to 12 games.

Banbury Bulls captain Ian Isham is held up at Salisbury. Photo: Simon Grieve

Goode happy to grind out the win after long lay-off

A win is a win and Banbury Bulls head coach Matt Goode was glad to get one despite a below-par performance at Salisbury.

Tommy Gray goes on the attack for Banbury Bulls at Salisbury. Photo: Simon Grieve

Bulls grind out another victory to avenge home defeat

Banbury Bulls made it 11 wins on the spin as they avenged their only home defeat of the Wadworth 6X South West One campaign.

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