A DEPLETED Old Leamingtonians side were stifled by Evesham’s forward superiority as they fell to a 7-20 defeat in the Midlands 3 West (South) division at their Berictoe Road home venue on Saturday, reports Denis Fisher.
The home side were disrupted through injuries and players out of position and Evesham’s set pieces did not allow Leamington to develop any meaningful three-quarter moves from positional play.
The game started in rainy conditions but despite that the rugby was good with both teams trying to create positional advantage and for the first 20 minutes play was evenly distributed.
But it was OLs that recorded the first score when an Evesham defensive kick was charged down by centre Liam Wellings who crossed the goal line for the opening try and Tom Eales was successful with the conversion to open up a 7-0 advantage.
The lead was short lived however as Evesham pressed back and an infringement inside the OLs half allowed Evesham to kick for touch in the corner and from the resulting line out the visitors simply pushed the OLs pack into the goal area for the try, although the conversion was missed.
There was no further score for OLs and constant infringements by the home side allowed Evesham to continue to make ground by using the wind advantage in the second half.
The visitors used the wind far better than OLs had in the first and provided them with platforms deep inside the OLs 22 metre area. They used the line out catch and drive routine for two more push over tries.
One was converted and a second half penalty saw Evesham stretch their lead to 20-7 at the final whistle.
The next game sees OLs travel to Harbury on November 21 (2.15pm).