A CONVINCING 19-0 victory over Broadstreet has pushed Old Leamingtonians up to third in the Warwickshire Under-18 league.
Playing with the benefit of a diagonal wind howling across the pitch, OLs were initially slow to use the conditions to their advantage.
Too many backs moves, ideal for September but mot mid-winter, floundered on handling errors and a determined Broadstreet defence.
Eventually a raking kick from stand-in full back Tom Boag found touch deep in Broadstreet territory but it came to nothing and the game remainded scoreless at half-time.
Despite playing in the wind after the break, OLs proceeded to play their best half of rugby this season.
Keeping the ball tight amongst their excellent pack, in which Connor Jones and Matt Sawyer were prominent, OLs denied Broadstreet possession.
Having worked their way into Broadstreet’s 22, a quick tap penalty saw Kai Bailey driven over by his forwards for the opening try.
Broadstreet responded but were unable to make an impact and indeed a misplaced pass saw Matthew Witchell intercept and score by the posts, the fly-half adding the extras.
As the game moved towards the final stages, Witchell repeated his trick with a second converted interception try to give OLs a comfortable 19-0.