Olney win against S&L to go top of league
Report by Jim Ford
Pre - Match the club provided a hot meal and drinks for the Vice Presidents, Sponsors and Guests, ensuring good support from the touch line.
Olney kicked off in good conditions and a knock on by the visitors gave Olney put in at a scrum on the half way line. They won the ball but S&L managed to clear up with a kick to touch. The first scoring opportunity was from a penalty to Olney that found touch on the visitor's 5m. line. The forwards won the ball and drove the maul, Oliver Fearnis touching down. The conversion attempt hit the upright and Olney opened the scoring 5 - 0 after 10 mins.
S & L kicked to restart and there followed a period with both sides being denied further scores due to errors or the odd penalty. Olney's backs always looked the most likely to break through, but the visitors defended well to stop them. Olney posted the next score, winning the ball at a scrum on S&L's 10m. line they fed their backs. Dave 'Smudge' Smith, at outside half, wrong footed the opposition, switching the direction of attack to force over near the corner, Sean Mulvey was out of luck with the conversion attempt - hitting the other upright! Olney 10- S&L 0, (32 mins.).
Olney receiving from the restart, fed their backline and rapidly moved the score on with a try by Euan Irwin, converted by Mulvey, Olney 17 - S&L 0, (34 mins.).
The next restart kick caught Olney offside and S&L were rewarded with a good kick by their full back, a long range conversion to put them on the scoreboard. Olney 17 - S&L 3. The referee whistled for half time.
HALF TIME SCORE: Olney 17 - S&L 3.
Stewart & Lloyds kicked off for the second half and Olney ran the ball back in their forwards. The ball was put into touch by S&L and Olney managed to lose the ball at the lineout. This was turned round when S&L knocked on. Olney drove the scrum before feeding their backs who used their speed to break through the visitor's defence. Jake Deighton finished the move with a try in the corner. No conversion, Olney 22 - S&L 3. (4 mins.).
S&L kicked off and Olney counter attacked running the ball in the forwards. At the breakdown the frustration that had been building up in the visitor's pack resulted in a Yellow card for their No. 5. The penalty kick was put into touch on the visitor's '22' and with the advantage in numbers, they drove the maul and fed the backline. Euan Irwin broke through S&L's defence to score a try increasing Olney's lead to Olney 27 - S&L 3. (10 mins.).
Olney made a substitution Marcus Goss replacing Harry James. A period of play occupied the next ten minutes with both sides showing their capabilities to defend. Olney made further use of their bench, Taylor French replacing Dave Smith, Harry James coming back for Jake Deighton and Tyriq Oladiran came on, Graham Smith going off.
Their efforts were beginning to take their toll on the visitors and when the ball was sent out to Goss on the wing who shredded the S&L defence to add another try. Converted Mulvey. Olney 34 - S&L 3. (31 mins.).
S&L made a brief revival and won some ball to give their 3's a run but they couldn't turn possession into points. Olney were more fortunate, they moved the ball to Goss again, and he delivered again, breaking through to add another try this time not converted Olney 39 - S&L 3. (37 mins.).
Following a number of attempts, but saving the best till last, Stu Livesey made a break, feeding the ball out to his back up who sent it out and then back to Livesey who scored. Mulvey added the conversion Olney 46 - S&L 3.
There was one more play following the restart before the referee blew for full time.
FINAL SCORE: Olney 46 - S&L 3.
TEAM: Graham Smith, Jim Osborn, David Rainbow, Charlie Harris, Oliver Fearis, Mungo Ryan, Kyle Brown, Gareth Cahill (capt.)
Jake Deighton, Euan Irwin, Stu Livesey, Harry James, Sean Mulvey
SUBS: Taylor French, Marcus Goss, Tyriq Oladiran
TEAM SPONSOR : OSBORN & SONS/DBF CONSTRUCTION