Disappointing Result away to Towcester
Olney efforts go unrewarded in another tough away
25 September 2016
34 - 12
(17 ht 5)
Tries: James E, Tyriq
Olney: Euan, Rhys, James E, Louis, Harvey, Ben H, Ben B, Zac, Will, Cameron, Tomas, Pat, Leo, Lloyd, Tyriq
Replacements: Laurence, James T, Cerith, Chris
Olney produced an outstanding first half display away from home and were unlucky not to take a strong lead, only getting one score. Two quick tries by the home side before half time changed the game completely and Olney, despite some ferocious attacking, fell to some soft scores before getting a consolation try near the end. Olney travelled to Towcester for their second league game of the season, looking for their first win. Olney were up for the game and pressured the home side from the kick-off to get an attacking scrum at the Towcester 22. Tyriq made a break down the right and Olney's forwards were quick to establish possession. James E barged over with other forwards right behind him to give Olney an early lead. The conversion was missed.
Olney continued to attack from the restart and forced Towcester back at the breakdown. Rhys was quick to steal ball time and again and the backs were charging down clearing kicks as the home side could not get out of their half. Olney's attack looked ominous as they drove forward from stolen ball. Loose ball cost Olney dear as Towcester took the chance to carry the ball into Olney's half. A penalty gave them chance for a catch and drive at the Olney 5 and they piled over in the left corner to tie the score.
This did not phase the visitors one bit as they continued to steal ball and charge down kicks with Lloyd and others showing determination to get hands up to block the ball. Olney swung the play left and right inside the Towcester 22 to find the go ahead score. Frantic defence and missed opportunities denied Olney a try and Towcester managed to grind out territory and release some the pressure. It was during these moments of pressure that Olney looked back to their best and were playing together effectively as a team. After such a period of attacking play, Olney had to quickly get their defensive act together to stop Towcester breaking clear. Towcester managed to steal the ball at the Olney 22 and drove into the Olney half. With the visitors now on the back foot, Towcester now stopped Olney getting clear and stole the ball following a scrum at the visitor's 5 to score in the corner.
Towcester took advantage of this change of momentum and were soon kicking through the Olney defence to score again and end the half 12 points ahead. Olney, needing to get the first score of the second half, gave up the ball in their own half after the restart and Towcester danced through missed tackles to extend their lead in the corner. Olney soon rediscovered some of their first half attacking spirit and stole ball in the ruck and, through Harvey's solid catching, in the line-out. After breaking down the left wing, Olney forced the home side back and pressured them into making errors.
Olney's attack was making Towcester play close to and over the off-side line with the home giving up 4 penalties back to back in the space of two minutes to stop Olney from scoring and getting back in the game. However, the home side continued to be tenacious in their tackling and Olney could not find a gap through their line. James T and Leo were soon forced to make try-saving tackles as Towcester looked to break again following Olney's attacking play. Chris came on for James E. Scrappy play ensued as both teams looked to assert themselves on the game and control the ball. Lost ball was costing Olney dear as they looked to use their backs and Towcester sprang through the defence to put some clear daylight on the visitors and score again.
Towcester were penalised from the restart and Tyriq skipped through 3 tackles from inside the home side's 10 to score round the posts. Louis made the conversion. Laurence and Cerith came on for Will and Ben H. Olney could not take advantage of this score and Towcester ran straight through Olney from the restart with some swift passing, and defensive missed tackles, to free their backs and cancel out Olney's score straight away.
Towcester did not let up and sought to extend their advantage. Having gained a penalty on the home side's 22, Olney lost the ball and Towcester kicked through to take play to the Olney 5. After some stubborn defence to hold up a score, Olney could not stand firm and Towcester slipped through tackles again to end the game going over the line in the left hand corner.
A disappointing finish to a game of commitment and effort as Olney ended up on the wrong end of another high scoring game. There were lots of positives from so many players as they looked to show their dedication and effort on behalf of the team. Towcester were more than matched for long periods in what was an entertaining and absorbing encounter.
Many thanks to Towcester for being spirited hosts.