Olney head and shoulders above rivals Bletchley

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OLNEY made it a derby double over fierce local rivals Bletchley on Saturday, recording a 35-26 win to leave the former sitting third in the South West 1 East league, and the latter third off the bottom.

Bletchey were beaten 20-19 at Manor Fields back in October, and the two played out another classic at East Street.

John Robinson crashed over after just a couple of minutes, and James Hawken converted for Olney to give them a dream start. And it soon got better as the visitors were punished for going over the top at rucks and Hawken kicked a penalty for a 10-0 lead early on.

Phil Harman saw Bletchley to within four points of their hosts with a couple of penalties before Hawken kicked one from two to see Olney 13-6 ahead.

Bletchley got straight on the offensive - Kevin Turnbull’s try seeing them back to within two points after Harman missed the conversion attempt.

The match turned in Olney’s favour just before the break as Robinson touched down for his second try and Hawken made it 20-11 before the switch around.

The two sides traded penalties and three points in the opening stages of the second half, before Olney extended their lead when Hawken went over for a try and after the missed conversion his side were 28-14 to the good.

Bletchley weren’t ready to roll over yet though, and Matt Nobes scored to get the visitors back in with a shout. However, the most important try of the match was to follow as Robinson scored his hat-trick and Hawken added the extras to see Olney 35-19 up.

Bletchley got the final word as Tom Hannell touched down and Harman converted. But this was Olney’s day as they moved back up to third ahead of their trip to leaders Maidenhead on Saturday while Bletchley hosts Marlow.

Milton Keynes moved into the top three in Southern Counties North with their 52-5 thrashing of Newbury Stags - tries coming from Dan Pearson (2), Keiran McConnell, Neil Haynes, Iain Talbot, Steve Christie, Richard Hill and Robert Matthews, with conversions from Phil Powell.