18th Mar, 2019

Bromyard win boosts Old Leamingtonians' promotion hopes

RUGBY UNION: OLD Leamingtonians boosted their hopes of promotion from Midlands 3 West (South) with a fine-margin win over Bromyard RFC.

Two points separated both sides at the end of 80minutes, and it was OLs that came out on top.

The win leaves OLs fourth in the league table, level on points with Woodrush, Old Coventrians, and Rugby St Andrews – table topping Shipston are three points clear of this cluster of midtable teams.

Saturday’s game saw OLs dominate from the start as Bromyard struggled to respond to the visiting sides offensive power.

John Carlos bagged OLs’ first try, though extra two points from the tee couldn’t be added.

Bromyard responded when a long clearance was mis-fielded by OLs, allowing the hosts to score the first of two quick tries – neither was converted.

Though the home side defended well, OLs’ pressure proved too much at times as they conceded a penalty.

The ball was kicked into touch for a five-metre line out, which Joe Tallamini later touched down – Henry Reynolds added the extras as OLs led 15-13 at half time.

Bromyard – who sit bottom of the league table – continued to prove a banana skin for OLs though.

The visitors stretched their lead to seven points when Simon Hemming touched down. But Bromyard remained a constant threat.

And this proved to be the case when a try five minutes from time allowed the hosts to snatch a draw.

But the conversion attempt was missed, and OLs picked up a hard fought win.

OLs are next in action against promotion candidates Dunlop at home on Saturday, December 2, kick off is at 2.15pm.

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