OXFORD moved a step closer to securing promotion from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Championship with an emphatic 75-5 victory at home to local rivals Faringdon.

John Brodley’s side now need six points from five games to land their place in the eighth tier of English rugby.

Ali Gibb and Danny Williams crossed for hat-tricks in a game where Oxford secured the four-try bonus point within the opening 15 minutes.

Callum Lake, Thom Murton, who converted ten of the 11 tries, Tom Olley, Fred Hartmann and Myles Everrett also touched down.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Chipping Norton lost 21-12 at Phoenix, while Harwell were handed a walkover by Farnham Royal.

In the Premier, second-placed Littlemore further boosted their promotion hopes with a 28-10 win at Tadley.

Nick Todd’s side are 12 points clear of third-placed Chesham, who beat Didcot 20-14, with five games remaining.

Basement boys Abingdon suffered a heavy 63-15 defeat at leaders and already-promoted Slough.

GOSFORD All Blacks kept their slim survival hopes alive when beating basement boys Drifters 55-5 at home in Southern Counties North.

The bonus-point win has helped Matt Watts’s side close to within seven points of safety and next-placed Stow-on-the-Wold.

They were helped by Oxfordshire counterparts Wallingford, who beat the Gloucestershire side 18-15, thanks to a last-minute Phil Dawes penalty.

Dan Sadler crossed twice, with Dawes kicking eight points.