BANBURY Bulls returned from their longest away trip of the season with four points as they beat Sherborne 19-14 in South West 1 East.

The Oxfordshire side shaded an even first 20 minutes, before a yellow card for their Dorset hosts handed Banbury a man advantage.

Ed Phillips slotted over a penalty soon after, but the hosts hit back to make it 3-3 moments later.

Dan Brady scored the only try of the game just before half-time when he beat the defence to a Jack Briggs chip, with Phillips converting to make it 10-3 at the break.

Phillips added another penalty early in the second half, but Sherborne roared back with an unconverted try after Banbury’s Tom Macdonald was sin-binned.

The sides shared four penalties over the rest of the half, Phillips kicking Banbury’s efforts, with Sherborne unable to breach the visiting defence.

Oxford Harlequins remain one position behind Banbury after a 36-27 bonus-point win at home to Chippenham.

The visitors started strongly but Quins went ahead through Freddie Myatt’s 16th-minute try, Rory Garrett converting.

With just 26 minutes gone the hosts were 21-0 up, Matt Henderson and then Nick Harris touching down, with Garrett twice adding the extras.

Chippenham kicked a 32nd-minute penalty, but Henderson’s second try, again converted by Garrett, put Quins 28-3 up at the break.

The hosts were pegged back by two Chippenham tries around the hour mark, with one converted to reduce the deficit to 13 points.

Henderson completed his hat-trick with an unconverted 65th-minute try, before Garrett added a penalty.

Chippenham touched down twice late on and added a conversion, but Quins held on.