AN OLD Leamingtonians side decimated by injuries were unable to keep their promotion hopes alive last Saturday, when they stooped to a 24-7 loss at the hands of Berkswell & Balsall RFC.
Despite a number of players being unavailable to them, the visitors would be more than a match for Berkswell in the first-half, but a second-half that saw OL tire led to three unanswered tries for the hosts.
It was a lively start from the hosts, as they pushed the Leamingtonians back into their defensive third and eventually broke through for a first converted try of the afternoon.
The response from Old Leamingtonians was impressive though, as they levelled through Tom Eales’ converted try, Henry Reynolds kicking the extra points.
A number of replacements were enforced when OL were struck down by injury, before both sides had a player sin-binned prior to the second-half.
The uphill slope that faced the visitors proved a metaphor for their half, as a much more difficult task awaited them following the restart.
OL looked second best in playing the ball and in contesting the match, the hosts keeping Old Leam cooped in defence for much of the half.
Berkswell & Balsall took full advantage and followed with three successive tries, converting one and claiming a bonus point to finish 24-7 winners.
Old Leamingtonians are potentially in action next week in the cup against Pinley, but are awaiting confirmation of the fixture after the recent toll taken on the club by injuries, before hosting Coventry Welsh on 2nd March.