Olney’s promotion hopes over after defeat to Buckingham

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Olney’s hopes of making the Southern Counties North league play-offs were finally put to bed on Saturday when they lost 18-7 to Buckingham.

Olney have picked up some notable results in their first season in the division – including a win against Milton Keynes – but have struggled badly with consistency and are now almost certain of finishing in fifth spot, currently nine points adrift of City in fourth and 16 clear of Drifters in sixth.

Buckingham opened the scoring with a penalty at Olney after six minutes, and they were the only points of the first half as the two teams cancelled each other out for long periods.

However, the visitors extended their lead early in the second half with a converted try to make the score 10-0, and with 20 minutes on the clock they added another penalty to stretch their lead out to 13 points. It could have been even worse for Olney were it not for a superb last ditch tackle by Stuart Livesy to prevent another try.

However, Olney worked their way back into the contest for the final quarter and got themselves on the scoreboard with a James Hannah try as he broke through the Buckingham defence and ran from inside his own half to touch down under the posts. Richard Cowan kicked the conversion and the hosts sensed a way back into the game.

It wasn’t to be though as the visitors converted another penalty with six minutes remaining, and despite a strong late shout for a penalty try, Olney were left facing a disappointing defeat. They play host to Tadley this Saturday looking to get back to winning ways.