OLNEY came out on top after dramatic encounter with Drifters and will go into the festive period with momentum on their side as they won out 28-21.
After exchanging early penalties, Olney edges their noses ahead before a powerful rolling maul from the home side allowed Rob Edwards to cross the line for the first try of the day.
With the score at 11-3, Drifters fought back with a try of their own just before the half-time break. With the hosts down to 14 courtesy of Dylan Winter’s yellow card, Drifters powered over the line and kicked the conversion to trail by just a point at half time.
In the final play before the half time whistle Olney’s skipper John Robinson was forced to leave the field, injured. He was replaced by Ross Stewart.
Olney chased down the kick off for the second half but were penalised at the ensuing ruck. Drifters kicked for touch but lost the ball on their throw at the lineout. Edwards made a great break, feeding the ball on to Olney’s three quarters, the final pass to Stuart Livesy lead to a touchdown, unconverted, taking the score to 16-10.
Drifters were doing the business with the boot though and kicked themselves level at 16s with 10 minutes to go as Olney gave away too many penalties in dangerous positions.
And what a final 10 minutes it would turn out to be. Jordan Letts moved in from the wing and split the visitor’s defence to score under the posts. Stuart Livesy added the conversion to ease the pressure at 23-16, before Jack Sutton added five more.
But the drama didn’t stop there as Drifters kept the pressure up, but their final score came just too late, with the referee blowing the final whistle as they conversion attempt missed the mark, leaving the scores at 28-21.