Banbury Bulls head to Pinley for their final Midlands Two West South fixture of 2015 and are guaranteed to finish the year in top spot.
James Kerr’s side produced a 27-0 bonus point victory over Nuneaton Old Edwardians in Saturday’s clash at Bodicote Park where James Heywood produced an impressive performance.
Banbury elected to play into the elements in the first half and opened the scoring after a well worked line-out move fed the back line and Heywood was put through a hole in the defence. After making good yards he fed fly half Sam Stoop who was held up but flanker Sean Bannister was on hand to apply the finishing touch.
A successful conversion from Ed Phillips was soon followed by a penalty from the Bulls captain before Heywood was instrumental in his side’s second try. Another precision line-out fed Heywood’s barnstorming run, this time the recipient was winger Adam Walsh, who beat the cover defence and left the fullback trailing in his wake to score.
Heywood again played his part in the third try, cutting through the visitors’ defence before feeding Joe Mills with a deft pass and he went under the posts for his 14th try of the season to give Bulls a 20-0 lead at the break.
After the restart, Stoop’s kicking kept Old Edwardians pinned in their own half and it was the hosts who scored again. Veteran second row forward Matt Brock stole a line-out in the visitors’ half and Heywood again broke the line to race through and secure the bonus point.
What was to be the only try of the second half was the least Heywood deserved after such an impressive performance. Phillips added the conversion to round off another impressive collective display from Bulls and Heywood in particular.