BICESTER climbed to ninth in Southern Counties North when beating basement boys Littlemore 48-10 away.

Tom Horwood (2), Pete Howard (2), Dickie Walsh, Francois Wiese, Josh Wordsworth, who also kicked two conversions, and Ollie Dolbear crossed for the visitors.

Jos Edwards and Charlie Bethell kicked a conversion each.

Jonny Gerrard and Stewart Beale crossed for Littlemore.

Previous leaders Wallingford slipped to second after falling to their first defeat of the season in a 10-0 defeat at Reading.

Ben Law scored a hat-trick of tries as Grove stormed to a 71-0 victory at home to Bradford-on-Avon.

Jack Horrocks and Steve Dixie also crossed twice in the Southern Counties South fixture, with James Wiltshire, Jack Ponting and Ben Davies adding to the hosts’ tally.

James Monks converted eight of Grove’s ten tries.

Myles Smart-Everett crossed twice as third-placed Oxford beat Tadley 26-3 at home in the BB&O Premier.

Karl Crockford and Danny Williams also went over, with Jack Savage (2) and Ben Harding converting.

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  • Oxford's Danny Williams crosses during his side's 26-3 victory at home to Tadley in the BB&O Premier Picture: Rudi Brodley

A depleted Wheatley suffered a 42-12 defeat at Milton Keynes.

Already without ten first-team regulars, their selection woes were further compounded when Jack Taylor suffered an ankle injury in the warm-up.

Aaron Laman was then forced off early on with a serious head injury after colliding with teammate Ben Kelsey, who later pulled his hamstring.

Down to 14 men, Wheatley battled well and both of their tries were scored by Alex Gabbidon, Toby Butler converting once.

Gosford All Blacks fell to their first defeat in a 20-8 loss at home to Chesham.

Didcot were also beaten 37-29 by Drifters.

Ben Brand (2), Andrew Pynegar, Paul Parlett and Ben Cox crossed, Lucas Hill converting once.

In the Championship, second-placed Abingdon beat Oxfordshire counterparts Harwell 43-5 at home.

Aaron Spencer crossed for the visitors.

Faringdon lost 45-8 at Berkshire Shire Hall.