Olney given the Welly

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Olney slumped to their fourth defeat in a row on Saturday as they were beaten 22-11 by neighbours Wellingborough.

Their form of late has seen Olney slip to fifth in Midlands 2 East South, but there was plenty of action to digest in the first half alone.

They got off to a decent start against Wellingborough, when Brandon Kerr kicked them into a 3-0 lead.

The lead didn’t last long though, with Wellingborough bouncing back almost immediately from the restart. Winning a line-out, the ball was released after some rucking and the home side fed their backs, who ran the ball in on their right wing for a try. With the conversion, Wellingborough led 7-3.

Olney retook the lead shortly afterwards though when Jack Sutton forced his way over from a scrum as the visitors regained the advantage at 8-7 after 10 minutes.

Another Kerr penalty extended that lead further to 11-7, but that was as much scoring as Olney could muster.

In a carbon copy of their opening try, Wellingborough pounced from kick off, earning a line-out and scoring in the corner, moving 12-11 ahead.

A penalty kick and a breakaway try from the home side in the run up to half time ensured Wellingborough would go in 22-11 up at the break.

The second half was in contrast to the first, a lot of effort and no scores.

Olney made changes to their line up, all the subs getting some game time, but couldn’t make a decisive break. The visitors made some determined attacks but were met with some equally determined Wellingborough defence.