Olney lose to Old Laurentians
Tough conditions and a tough match for home side
OLNEY vs. OLD LAURENTIANS 10.09.2016
Olney were hosts to Old Laurentians, a first time fixture with the club from Rugby, to open their Midland 2 East (South) league programme. They kicked off, in wet conditions not promising a 'handling ' game. The visitors kicked to return the ball into Olney's '22', and achieved a scrum advantage when the home number 10 knocked on. The situation was relieved when O. L's. were penalised for not binding and the ball was cleared into touch. From a free kick to the visitors Olney stole possession and put pressure on the opposition to win a line out. Some scrappy play, that was probably due to the slippery state of the pitch owing to the rain, prevailed. Olney had an edge in the encounter between the forwards and, despite being awarded successive penalties close enough to suggest kicking for points, they opted to run the ball to no avail.
The opening quarter produced no scores and the first points came from a well taken penalty by John Bean, for the visitors, to give them the lead 0 - 3, after 22 mins.
Following this Olney were deprived of their prop, New Zealander, Jeremiah Shields, injured, replaced by Euan Walker. Shortly after this a further change to the Olney line up brought Jordan Letts on for Will Durden who required some running repairs.
Play was contained mid field for a period, Olney's kicks to put the action in the visitor's half being countered by clearing kicks from the opposition. This resulted in a number of lines out in the home half, with Olney having the throw in. Olney were unable to take full advantage, their technique, and the presence of more height among the opposing forwards, failed to produce good ball.
A knock on by the visitors gave Olney the put in at a scrum near the home '22', they won the ball and kicked for touch.
Following up Olney were awarded a penalty for an infringement by the visitor's defence and the ball was kicked for a line out on O.L's. '22'. This time the forwards won the ball and fed the backs. The ball was put through the hands and the forwards supported the move to put lock George Stanton in for a try. There was no conversion but Olney went in front 5 - 3 just before half time. (seven minutes had been added for stoppages)
HALF TIME SCORE: OLNEY 5, OLD LAURENTIANS 3.
O.L's. kicked off for the second half and when Olney kicked the ball back they immediately counter attacked. Their skipper, at fullback, shredded the home defence and ran in a try, converted by Ben Wyles to regain the lead, 5 - 10, after 1minute!
Olney suffered a further loss in the front row, prop Graham Smith coming off Charlie Harris going on; Jordan Letts who had stood in temporarily for Durden, replaced Dave Smith.
Olney were relieved to avoid a further deficiency when the visitors failed with an attempt at goal from a penalty in front. However the next score was to the benefit of O.N's. when a line out infringement by the home pack gave a free kick to the opposition. The ball was kicked through and chased by Ben Wyles who touched down for a try that he failed to convert. This extended their lead to 5 - 15, 9 mins. into the half.
The changes in the home pack resulted in 'unopposed scrums' but the disruption of the home forwards was evident. This produced some scrappy play and it took an opportunist try from centre James Padfield, who intercepted a move by the visitor's three's, to run three-quarters the length of the pitch, and touch down for a try, converted by Jordan Letts. This closed the gap to 12 - 15, halfway through the second half.
Play continued with O.L's. looking dangerous when they had the ball in their hands, but they relied on individual efforts rather than creating the extra man and passing and Olney were hampered by unforced errors. It looked as though there would be no further score. Until, in added time, another kick through and chase into the corner of the pitch, the ball was just in play when Troy Owen touched down for O.L's. to achieve the final score
FULL TIME SCORE: OLNEY 12, OLD LAURENTIANS 20.
TEAM: Jeremiah Shields, Jim Osborne (capt.) Graham Smith, George Stanton, Cameron Kok, Gareth Carhill,
Charlie Belcher, Isaac Shields
Harry Warn, Will Parkin,
Will Edwards, Dave Smith, James Padfield, Phil Brown, Will Durden.
Subs: Euan Walker, Charlie Harris, Jonathon Letts.