Olney lose it in first half

Olney (pink and grey)
Olney (pink and grey)

A dominant first half from Newbold on Avon saw Olney slip to their seventh defeat of the Midland 2 East South season.

Now sixth in the table, Olney are still within touching distance of the top five, just a point back of Market Harborough.

Newbold are desperately hunting down league leaders Leighton Buzzard, who are still to lose a game this season, and knew they’d need a bonus point victory against visitors Olney if they stand any chance of hunting the leaders down.

The home side were immediately on the attack but Olney had a chance to relieve the pressure when awarded a penalty in their 22. The kick failed to make touch and Newbold ran the ball backs, creating a try run by winger Lloyd Warner, converted by Joss Andrews to make it 7-0.

The teams exchanged penalty kicks as Olney found themselves 13-3 behind.

Olney’s Charlie Belcher was penalised, at a ruck, giving Andrews another success and earning himself a yellow card in the process.

Newbold kept up their attacking play and reaped the benefit with a try by their winger McGill, converted Andrews.

Followed by a pushover try, unconverted to stretch their lead to 28-3 after 35 minutes.

Another try, due to some poor tackling, allowed Reed to score under the posts, converted by Andrews, earning the home side a bonus point on the stroke of half time, and taking the score to 35-3.

A much improved Olney side took to the field in the second half though, and one that prevented Newbold from adding to their points tally.

The boot of Jordan Letts was getting a good run out as he added six more points to Olney’s total with two strong penalty kicks, reducing the deficit to 35.9.

Olney finally got the try they deserved when Olney put a kick into touch and won the line out, drove the maul over the goal line for a try by lock Steve Harrison. The try was unconverted and the score was closed to 35-14 with 25 minutes still remaining.

But with both defences getting the upper hand, and the referee’s whistle killing off momentum for both sides, neither side added to the scores.

Olney have a home game this Saturday against Northampton BBOB.