Slow start costs Olney

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Olney were made to pay for their lackluster start against Biggleswade as they lost 39-31 on Saturday.

The home side started poorly, and found themselves 19-0 down after 23 minutes as Biggleswade capitalised.

Bit it lit a fire under Olney, and they fought back before the half time interval to make a match of it.

Brandon Kerr scored Olney’s first try with the extras added by James Hawken.

And before half time, Charlie Belcher pulled another one back, and Hawken’s kick made it 19-14 at the change.

With a bit more urgency, Biggleswade ran in the first try of the second half to ease their nerves.

But Olney weren’t giving up there, as Hawken danced through the defence to score and kick his conversion to reduce the gap to three points.

And his penalty levelled things up, but Biggleswade kicked into another gear.

With a penalty and two more tries, Biggleswade opened up a significant lead again at 39-24, with Olney chasing the game.

With time against them, Jack Sutton’s excellent score was too little too late, as Hawken maintained his excellent kicking record to reduce the arrears to 39-31, but it was too much to overturn.

Olney remain sixth in Midlands 2 East South.