RUGBY UNION: Cross's late salvo seals derby spoils

thisisoxfordshire: Didcot's Ben McLoughlin charges past Abingdon's Niall Taylor during their derby defeat Didcot's Ben McLoughlin charges past Abingdon's Niall Taylor during their derby defeat

Flanker Dale Cross’s late try earned Abingdon a 12-7 victory at Didcot in their BB&O Championship derby on Saturday.

Abingdon hooker Lee Taylor forced his way over for the opening try after a great break from captain and scrum half Ollie Young.

Fly half Mark Roberts’s conversion gave Abingdon a 7-0 half-time lead.

Didcot thought they had earned a draw thanks to a try from former Abingdon No 8 Ronnie Booth, converted by Paul Costello.

But Cross sneaked over in the corner with four minutes left after a good passing move.

Chipping Norton earned a 20-17 victory at Gosford All Blacks in the BB&O Premier Division.

Gosford prop Callum Thompson was bundled over for the opening try, Tim Ellis converting.

Scrum half Matty Taylor replied with a try converted by Barry Nutt and No 8 Matt Dawson’s score put Chippy 12-7 ahead.

Gosford’s Tommy Newell sprinted in for their second before he and Taylor were sin-binned.

George Wilkinson’s try and Nutt’s penalty made it 20-12 before Harry Sutton’s score earned Gosford a losing bonus point.

A well-drilled Harwell side defeated visiting Bicester 39-12.

Two tries apiece from full back Jack Robinson and centre James Cantwell, plus a Robinson conversion, put Harwell 22-0 ahead at half-time.

Bicester improved after the break, with No 8 Dan Spencer’s try converted by Tom Bass.

Flanker Niall Morrow also notched for Bicester, but Cantwell completed his hat-trick and Sam Froud Davis also went over.

Robinson added two conversions and a penalty.

OTHER SCORERS

Berks, Bucks & Oxon 1: Marlow 2nd 15, Witney 2nd 21 (tries J Ellwood, R Mills; con L Manning; pens Manning 3).

Berks, Bucks & Oxon 3 North: Bicester 3rd 17 (tries C Nash, W Hammond, M Hutchinson; con S John), Gosford All Blacks 2nd 15.

Berks, Bucks & Oxon 4: Oxford Harlequins 3rd 25 (tries G Wilson 3, J Henderson; cons D Todd; pen Todd), Reading 4th 12.

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