Olney lift the Lewis Shield

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Olney ended their season on a high as they lifted the Lewis Shield at Franklin’s Gardens on Tuesday night, beating Northampton Old Scouts.

In a tense final, the boys in pink and grey came from behind to overturn a first half deficit to win 16-15 and win the tournament.

Scouts led after just three minutes and while the converted try was cancelled out just after the quarter, Olney still trailed 7-10 at the break.

But three penalties in 16 second half minutes took them into the lead for the first time though and while Old Scouts would add their second try of the game, the conversion went astray and Olney prevailed by the slimmest of margins.

Adrian Mynard, Olney first team manager, said he couldn’t be more proud of his players.

“It was a brilliant way to end the season,” he said. “A lot of the players won’t experience walking out into a stadium like that again, and especially having so many fans cheering you on as well made it even better.

“The match wasn’t the best we’ve played all season, but we got there in the end.

“It was funny though how all the players seemed to shake off their knocks and injuries just in time for the game!”

And it was a slim margin again on Saturday, but this time Olney were on the wrong end of the scoreline as they went down 15-13 to Midlands 2 East South champions Leighton Buzzard.

The defeat means Olney finish the season fifth in the standings, with 12 wins and 10 defeats to their name.

On the whole, Adrian said he the club were pleased with the club’s performance.

He said: “We moved leagues this season, to test ourselves a bit more.

“And we got off to a slow start, losing three out of the first four games.

“But when you consider they were against Leighton Buzzard, who won the league, Newbold, who came second, and Lutterworth who came third, it’s not so bad.

“It was a bit of a baptism of fire!

“Overall I think we have done well, and we’re happy to finish where we did.”

But though the rugby is over here, Olney will embark on a 10-day tour of Cape Town in South Africa next week, rounding the season out in style.