CHINNOR remain unbeaten on the road as they produced a gritty display to secure a 29-12 victory at Leeds Tykes in National League 1.

The bonus-point victory keeps Richard Thorpe’s side fifth in the table, closing the gap to leaders Cinderford to 12 points with a game in hand.

The first half proved to be an error-strewn affair and both sides had remarkably scored a try inside three minutes.

With less than 60 seconds gone, Tykes centre Tom Williams blocked Luke Carter’s box-kick and collected the loose ball to dive over for an unconverted try.

The crowd barely had time to catch their breath when Chinnor replied instantly.

Kieran Goss caught the restart and broke forward, offloading to Jason Worrall who marked his first start of the season with a try.

James Bourton converted from the touchline to make it 7-5.

Centre Bourton then dived over to extend Chinnor’s lead to 12-5 after 19 minutes, before Tykes levelled when Andrew Lawson touched down.

However, Bourton slotted a penalty on the stroke of half-time to put the visitors 15-12 ahead.

Chinnor stayed firm after the break, despite a sin bin for Fred Tuilagi.

Instead, they punished two errors with fine counter-attacking tries from Goss and Will Millett – the latter scoring in the final play to secure the four-try bonus-point.

Meanwhile, Henley Hawks produced another excellent first-half display to beat Rochford 37-15 in National 2 South.

The visitors flew out of the traps to lead 24-0 before the break, thanks to converted tries from Tom Emery, Alex Bradley and Reuben Norville and Cail Cookland’s penalty.

But Rochford went over twice in the final three minutes of the half to make it 24-10.

The first 20 minutes of the second period passed without a score for either side, before George Wood crossed to secure the bonus point.

Cookland slotted a penalty to make it 32-10, before Norville went over again and Rochford touched down.

Henley are just eight points off leaders Redruth.

In South West 1 East, Banbury Bulls held on to end Oxford Quins’ perfect record in their derby.

The north Oxfordshire side won 23-17 to go top of the table.

James Miller, Tom MacDonald and Jacob Turner crossed to give Banbury an 18-5 lead at the break, with Duncan Leese going over in the second half.

Quins threatened a late comeback, but the home side held firm.

Grove triumphed 31-25 at Buckingham to claim their first win of the season, while Witney beat Trowbridge 29-12.

Gosford All Blacks lost 15-12 at Marlow in Southern Counties North, while Wallingford were beaten 37-7 at Shipston on Stour.

Bicester’s home game against Thatcham was postponed.