Bulls close gap on leaders following emphatic victory
Banbury Bulls closed to within two points of top spot with an emphatic 104-3 victory over Trowbridge.
Tom Macdonald scored four tries and Joe Mills helped himself to a hat-trick in Saturday’s Wadworth 6X South West One East success with Ed Phillips kicking nine conversions.
Phillips kicked Banbury into an early lead before Tommy Gray broke down the right flank before releasing Justin Parker who scored under the posts. Tom Weaver kicked a penalty for Trowbridge after Banbury were penalised for a scrum but a rolling maul set up the backs, Gray made the break before off-loading to Mills for a try.
James Jennings charged down a kick before scooping up the loose ball and running in untouched under the posts and he soon bagged his second try after Joel Thomas was held up just short of the line to make it 31-3.
From the restart Gray cut his way through the Trowbridge pack and quick hands saw Macdonald touched down for a 38-3 lead.
James Leonardi released Jennings for a clean break into the Trowbridge half. He found Macdonald who whipped the ball on to Mills who beat the last man to score.
Macdonald scored his second try after Tom Eyston broke down the right wing and combined with Parker. From the restart Thomas burst through the Trowbridge line, Tom Burman was played in down the left and he cruised over.
Duncan Leese started and finished a move from his own 22 for another try before halftime.
In the second half replacement Jack Briggs set up Mills to complete his hat-trick before Dan Kirwin released Burman to sprint over.
Macdonald completed his hat-trick after Gray created the opening and Eyston scored his first try of the season after barrelling over from close range. Macdonald crossed for his fourth try before a line-out saw Parker set up Leese who raced over to take Bulls past the three-figure mark.