ABBEY made a winning start to their Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier campaign, defeating Gosford All Blacks at Kidlington on Saturday.
The visitors outscored their hosts by seven tries to three and never looked like losing, although Gosford were always competitive and fought back well in the second half.
The home side could have been the first to score when they were awarded a penalty inside the Abbey 22 but the kick went wide of the posts.
Abbey took the lead with a try just before the end of the first quarter when fullback Tom Waterhouse ran on the right of the pitch and set up a try for winger Jack Brown.
Waterhouse was narrowly wide with the difficult conversion attempt but the try seemed to give Abbey confidence and they soon crossed the line again. Scrum half Will Bevan began the move and after centre Arron Ross and Baptista had handled, outside half Tom Bird crossed on the left. Once again Waterhouse could not convert.