Olney sign off season in style
By Fraser Bull
Report by the ever-present Jim Ford (thanks for all your reporting Jim)
Photo by Jeff Bowden
OLNEY vs. MARKET BOSWORTH Sat. 21st. April 2018
Olney were at home for the final match of the season. They welcomed Market Bosworth to the Rec., who were placed two above them in the league table. The club used this fixture for the PRESIDENT'S DAY and also to celebrate the HUNDRED and FORTIETH YEAR of OLNEY RFC. This ensured a good turnout of supporters who were presented with a feast in more ways than one!
Market Bosworth kicked off and Olney were under early pressure, they had to defend well to protect their goaline. A penalty against the visitors enabled Olney to kick to touch inside their opponent's 10m. area. They won the lineout and centre, Jordan Letts foiled Mkt. Bosworth's backline to run in a try. Kieran Manson converted from long range to open the scoring 7 - 0, after six minutes. There was an even bigger cheer for the electronic scoreboard getting it's first use.
From the restart Olney looked the more comfortable side and started to control the game. The forwards were solid in the scrums and took advantage of Mark Austin's height in the line out. From a 22 m. drop out by Mkt. Bosworth Olney counter attacked, forwards and backs linking to set up a try by Hamish Bull, no conversion, extending the lead to 12 - 0, (13min. lucky for some !). Mkt. Bosworth were being stretched in defence and Olney were denied a try when the referee declared 'held up'. From the 'scrum 5' Olney won the ball and Gareth Cahill at '8' picked up and forced over for a try. This time Manson made no mistake, adding the conversion, Olney 19, Mkt. Bosworth 0.
Receiving from the restart Olney attacked and the forwards were again just short of scoring with another 'held up' decision. The home pack won the scrum but lost the initiative when they were penalised, 'offside' The visitor's were afforded some relief when Olney were guilty of a number of infringements . Until, from a '22 drop out' by Mkt. Bosworth, Olney's Prop, Jeremiah Shields got his hands on the ball and sold a dummy, opening the way for Cahill to add his second try, not converted, Olney 24, Mkt. Bosworth 0. (31 mins.).
Olney used their subs. replacing forwards Jim Osborn and Cam Kok with Graham Smith and Christian Caswell. They continued to dominate and despite an overthrow at a lineout, retrieved the ball in the loose to feed their backline. They ball reached Jake Deighton who scorched down the wing for a try in the corner, converted by Manson moving the score on to 31 - 0. ( 35 mins.). Half time came with no change to the score.
HALF TIME SCORE: OLNEY 31, MARKET BOSWORTH 0.
Olney kicked off for the second half and the visitor's took full advantage of a penalty awarded against the home side. This enabled them to put play into the home side's territory. A further penalty in their favour was taken quickly, catching Olney on the back foot. They fed out to their left wing and scored a try. The conversion attempt was good and they broke their duck. 31 - 7. (5mins.)
Olney made changes Austin coming off replaced by Cam Kok and Osborn replacing Jeremiah Shields.
The home side were soon back on the attack their forwards creating an opening for flanker Mungo Ryan to touch down the conversion added by Manson moved the score on, Olney 38, Mkt. Bosworth 7.
Possession was shared for a period until Olney kicked into the wind for the right hand corner. Jake Deighton read the move and sprinted for the goal line, he took the ball on the full and rounded the full back to, touchdown. No conversion, 43 - 7, (15 mins.). The visitors were under the cosh, they tried hard but it was not their day. Olney added their next points from a penetrating run by full back Sean Mulvey, converted by Letts. 50 - 7, (24 mins.). Olney scored again when Letts added his second try, not converted, 55 - 7, (28 mins.) Dave Smith replaced Jake Ashton.
A series of errors by both sides resulted in penalty kicks to the side lines and scrimmages keeping play midfield. A quickly taken throw, before the lines had formed took the visitors by surprise. Jeremiah Shields set up Deighton for his third try, not converted, posting the final score. FULL TIME SCORE: OLNEY 60, MARKET BOSWORTH 7.
The weather was kind , the lunch and post match 'hog roast' , including drinks was free. The home crowd enjoyed it. Commiserations Market Bosworth. A fond and grateful farewell to our New Zealand Brothers Jeremiah and Isaac Shields, We'll miss you, safe journey home!
TEAM: Jim Osborn (capt.) Jake Ashton, Jeremiah Shields, Mark Austin, Cam Kok, Mungo Ryan, Isaac Shields, Gareth Cahill , Kieran Manson, Eliot Simpson, Ryan Hammett, Jordan Letts , Hamish Bull, Jake Deighton, Sean Mulvey. SUBS. Graham Smith, David Smith, Christian Caswell
TEAM SPONSOR: DESMOND J.SMAIL LTD.