Nail-biter to end season

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Olney brushed aside their poor start against Lutterworth to win their final league game of the season by a single point at 30-29.

Travelling to a side two places above them, Olney had nothing to lose in sixth place, but quickly found themselves trailing.

After two minutes, the visitors were already a try down, but kicked a penalty to make it 7-3.

A kick each made it 10-6, but a quick-fire double from the home team left Olney staring at the lights after just 18 minutes, now 22-6 down.

Five minutes later though, Olney were given a lifeline when Rich Cowan slipped through the Lutterworth defence to score, reducing the arrears to 22-11.

Three minutes later though, Lutterworth would score again to make it 29-11. This though would be the last point the home side scored.

The second half saw the wind blowing in Olney’s favour, and it certainly helped them turn things around.

But they had to wait 23 second half minutes before getting themselves on the score sheet again, as Jon Brice reduced the deficit to 29-16.

From the restart kick Charlie Belcher made a good carry out of defence, the ball ended in the hands of James Hawken who produced a great run to shred the home defence and touch down near the posts.

He added the conversion and Olney were in the game at 29 - 23.

But with the clock ticking down, Lutterworth felt they had the game wrapped up, kicking the ball out expecting the whistle. When it didn’t come, Olney capitalised as skipper Jack Sutton came off the back of the maul to touchdown. Hawken kicked the extras to snatch the win by a single point.