Olney go out of Midlands Intermediate Cup at semi final stage
By Fraser Bull
Report by Jim Ford
Olney vs. Kenilworth 19.01.2019. Midlands Intermediate Cup, Semi Final
Olney were hosts to Kenilworth, the club topping the Mids. 2 West North league, on Saturday.
The visitors kicked off and their game plan was soon apparent. They followed up in numbers and gained a lineout near Olney's '22'. They won the ball but the roles were reversed when Olney had the throw in at a lineout on the other side of the pitch. The ball was won and Olney's forwards drove into the visitor's half. An interception gave the visitors possession and Michel Anderson ran the ball to the home goal line to touchdown in the corner. Ed Harrison added a fine conversion to put the visitors on the scoreboard Olney 0, Kenilworth 7 after 3 mins.
Olney's kick to restart was returned with a long kick into touch in the home '22'. Kenilworth took the ball on the home side's throw in and Olney did well to reclaim it and attack in the forwards. Play was interrupted for an injury to Olney centre, Stuart Livesey. Fortunately after some attention on the pitch by physio, Sinead, he stayed on.
A series of penalties restricted play to line outs until an infringement in front of goal. This resulted in a penalty that was successfully converted by Ed Harrison for the visitors to extend their lead to 0 - 10 (30 mins.)
The Kenilworth defence was very well drilled, they acted together to fill the gaps. The home side were not able to open space for their 'quick's' in the backline.
A kick by the visitors was overcooked and Olney had the doubtful benefit of a '22' drop out. Receiving, Kenilworth attacked in their forwards with the backs joining in. The result was another try under the posts for Anderson, converted by Ed Harrison. Olney 0, Kenilworth 17 (39 mins.)
Olney made a substitution, Thomas Godfrey replacing David Rainbow. A couple more plays took the match to half time.
HALF TIME SCORE: Olney 0, Kenilworth 17.
Olney kicked off for the second half but were penalised for 'offside'. The visitors elected to take a scrum on the centre spot. The Olney pack gained possession but a knock on gave the advantage back to Kenilworth with another scrum. They won the ball and fed their backline. Olney defended well but were penalised. The visitors finally broke through and scored a try though their forwards. Sam Harrison made the touchdown and Ed Harrison nailed the conversion, 0 - 24 (4 mins.)
Olney kicked off and took the scrum option when the visitors were penalised for offside. They won the ball and fed their backline. The threes found some space and flanker Glen White, backing up, ran in a try. No conversion 5 - 24 (6 mins.)
Kenilworth kicked off and were awarded a scrum near the Home '22' line. Olney suffered the loss of their hooker Matt. Boddy, shoulder injury. The pack had to be re jigged and Dan Frossell came off the bench. Inevitably the visitors increased their lead. An attack by their forwards culminated in a touch down by Josh Emery, converted by Ed Harrison 5 - 31 (14 mins.)
Despite all the adjustments to the Olney pack they were beginning to make things uncomfortable for the visitor's eight. As play progressed through a series of scrummages and a sprinkling of penalties Olney found it necessary to introduce some fresh legs. Olney took off Stu Livesey and Will Edwards and brought on Harry James and Dan Frossell. The move paid off when they were awarded a penalty. Olney ran the ball in the threes and Dan Frossell was on hand to take the ball, wide out, and touchdown in the corner. Jordan Letts added the conversion with a fine kick from near the touch line. Olney 12, Kenilworth 31. (30 mins).
With the end in sight Olney had to face the opposition short of their scrum half, the referee sending him to the bin.
The infringement was near Olney's goal line and the visitors elected to take the scrum option. They scored a pushover try, attributed to Bob Thompson, unconverted. 12 - 36 (36 mins.).
Olney kicked off and Kenilworth counter attacked. They were penalised at the breakdown and Olney kicked long. They followed up and claimed possession. The ball was put in the hands of the backs and Euan Irwin finished the move with a try. No conversion. Olney 17, Kenilworth 36. The referee whistled for NO Side!
FINAL SCORE: OLNEY 17, KENILWORTH 36.
TEAM: Jim Osborn, Matt Boddy, David Rainbow, Joseph O'Connor, Ollie Fearis, Christian Caswell, Gareth Carhill (capt.) Glen White, Rhys Gregory, Jordan Letts, Will Edwards, Stu Livesey, Euan Irwin, Marcus Goss, Brendon Burke, SUBS: Thomas Godfrey, Harry James, Dan Frossell
TEAM SPONSOR : OSBORN & SONS/DBF CONSRTUCTION