Olney are edging their way away from trouble after picking up their third win in a row, this time against Rushden & Highham.
The narrow 25-20 scoreline means they’re up to eighth in Midlands 2 East South, having lost their opening five matches this season.
In a narrow first half, Olney took a 34th minute lead through Jake Deighton’s try, though they were pegged back to 5-3 with a late Rushden penalty just before half time.
It was a points-fest in the second period though, and it took just five minutes for Olney to extend their lead thanks to a Phil Bowden, and the boot of James Hawken making it 12-3.
James Padfield’s try made it 17-3 to Olney, but it sparked something of a comeback from the home side, and they were back over the Olney line with a try of their own to make it 17-8.
But back came Olney, with Rich Cowan running in another try to make it 22-8 after just 14 minutes of the second half.
The next scoring opportunity went to Rushden they ran the ball from a penalty and managed to force over in the corner and touch down. An excellent kick by their outside half added the conversion to close the score to 22-15.
Olney kept the pressure up though, but the scoring slowed significantly. Hawken kicked a late penalty to make it 25-15, before another late Rushden score made things interesting towards the end, but the lead was enough as Olney won out 25-20.