Olney leapfrog Biggleswade with win

editorial image

Olney got one over on Midlands 2 East South rivals Biggleswade to move up to eighth in the league.

The 23-18 win sees them leapfrog Biggleswade in the league.

In murky conditions, Biggleswade started well by pinning Olney into their own half. Defending well, the visitors eventually gained put in at a lineout and eventually reached Biggleswade’s 10m line. Pressure at a scrum saw Olney steal possession and the ball was fed to Jon Brice who broke through Bigglewade cover to score, James Hawken adding the conversion.

A penalty to Bigglewade followed soon after the restart to give the home side an edge back into the game, 7-3. Olney replied well with good pressure but Kane Middleton’s break lacked support and the ball was lost, with Biggleswade capitalising to gain an unconverted try taking them in front by one point.

Olney were next to score with Hawken landing a penalty kick, before Biggleswade piled the pressure back on. The visitors defence held firm until the ball was lost at a scrum and Biggleswade forced over for a try, going in to the break 15-10 ahead.

From the restart Olney piled on pressure and Hawken once again slotted through a penalty kick to shorten the deficit. Stealing the ball from a line out, Olney combined backs and forwards to give Phil Bowden a chance to show his speed and touch down in the corner to take Olney into the lead 18-15. Biggleswade had the chance to score from two penalty attempts which failed, but it was third time lucky and the ball sailed over to level the scores 18-18.

The game ebbed and flowed but Olney managed to find another gap and Boden scored his second try to put the visitors in the lead 23-18. With two minutes to go Biggleswade attacked but were foiled by Hawken’s great cover tackle. An exciting game which could have gone either way; Olney did well to get the win.