HARWELL came close to pulling off a remarkable comeback, but ultimately lost 29-22 at Oxford in a thrilling BB&O Championship encounter on


The sides observed a minute’s silence in memory of former Oxford colt Tom Quick.

Four tries in the first 25 minutes saw the hosts storm into what had seemed like a commanding 24-0 lead.

Ali Gibb (2), Luke Kimber and Elias Charlett crossed, with Harry Gillett adding two conversions.

However, Harwell were not finished and they hit back to make it 24-22, thanks to tries from Dave Edwards, Lewis Giddings and Connor Dougan.

Andy Lee slotted two conversions and a penalty.

However, Oxford composed themselves and Charlett broke through to score.

Elsewhere, Faringdon lost 20-18 at Aldermaston.

In the Premier, Abingdon were beaten 43-15 at home to leaders Swindon College Old Boys.

Grove suffered a convincing 43-12 defeat at Chippenham in South West 1 East.

In Southern Counties North, Wallingford lost 36-21 at home to High Wycombe.

Dan Sadler (2) and Kris Blaszko scored the south Oxfordshire side’s tries.

Phil Dawes converted all three.