5th Jun, 2020

OL buoyant ahead of trip to strugglers

Ben Tyler 13th Dec, 2019

OLD Leamingtonians head to Bedworth on Saturday (2.15pm) hoping to build on their current position of seventh, after a 13-10 victory against Alcester at Bericote Road last weekend.

OL were made to put in a resilient display to shut out a powerful Alcester side in the Midlands Three West (South) encounter, making an early statement of their intentions by taking a tenth-minute lead through Mike Robertson, who crossed the whitewash after several forward drives had broken down.

Alcester earned a couple of penalties in response to falling behind, missing the first but Ed Gough placed the second between the posts to narrow the Leamingtonians’ advantage.

Attacking rugby was the order of the day for the visitors, but they ultimately made little headway against the stubborn OL backs.

Instead, it was Old Leamingtonians’ counter-attacking play which provided the next score, Liam Wellings racing past his man in a one-on-one situation to get over the try line.

Alcester had the opportunity to edge themselves towards parity after being awarded another penalty, but yet again the kick proved unsuccessful.

After the break, OL’s Bradley James showed the visitors how it was done by kicking a 35-metre penalty between the posts, although a bout of Alcester pressure eventually told when they scored a try through Jamie Harland, converted by Gough.

Old Leamingtonians had to face a nervy final ten minutes with a lead of just three points, but their defence held firm to see themselves through to a fourth victory of the league campaign.

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