2011 Rugby Reports
OLNEY v WITNEY home loss 15-23 26/02/11 Report by Karen Smith.
With both sides having a mixed bag of results this season, the Olney side were looking for another home win, though expected nothing less than tough competition from Witney, with their strong pack.
It was the visitors who made their mark early into the game scoring two tries in quick succession in the first ten minutes, one of which was converted. Olney managed to get onto the score board with a penalty converted by Full Back, Jordan Letts taking the score to 3-12. The game continued with the visitors dictating play and keeping Olney pinned back in their half. Olney looked more involved and held firm in defence, not allowing Witney over the gain line. Disappointingly, Olney only made it into the attacking half of the field a handful of times in the first half of the game, and allowed a couple of valuable missed opportunities. With Witney converting a penalty just before the break the half time score remained with the visitors in front 3-15.
The second half commenced with the home side looking more fired up, and with some superb work by back row, Gareth Cahill. Witney soon lost their Fly Half to a yellow card for a dangerous tackle, and Olney used the overlap to gain territory, but once again, failed to finish off some great work with tries....until Captain, Chris Parnham spotted a gap and scored Olney’s first try of the afternoon. This was not converted taking the score to 8-18 as Witney had converted another penalty shortly before hand.
Olney took several quick tap penalties and Second Row, Liam Lancaster and Prop, Mo Ormesher were influential in making strong runs, looking certain to score, but this time Olney punished themselves by giving away a penalty with a player coming in from the side at the ruck only yards out from the try line. With Witney having their Fly Half back on, it was Olney who lost their Fly Half, Dave Smith to a yellow after too much unwanted communication with the referee.
Olney were awarded a penalty try which was converted, after persistent infringements by the Witney side. This took the score to 15-23, a disappointing loss for the home side, but will make the away trip in April all the more to play for.
Olney travel away to High Wycombe this Saturday for a double header, with their league game and the semi final of the Bucks Cup being played for. The bus leaves Olney at 11.30am and supporters are encouraged to attend. (Olney beat High Wycombe at home 31-18).
Tries; C Parnham (Capt) Pen try.
Con; J Letts x1
Pen; J Letts x1
OLNEY FIRST XV v MAIDENHEAD away loss 53-31
Olney travelled away to Maidenhead with yet again a changed side, and for a game which would be one of the toughest of the season.
The final score of 53-31 showing weakness in the Olney defence to concede so many points away from home.
This week the Olney side face Wimbourne at home, and will need to reflect on their previous loss away at the beginning of the season to get back on winning form.
Tries; James Hannah x2, James Padfield x1, John Robinson x1, Phil Berry x1
Cons; James Hawken x3
OLNEY v OAKMEDIANS home win 33-14 Report by Karen Smith.
Olney welcomed the Bournemouth side expecting a tough encounter after a close win away early in the season 30-32. It was good to see a number of travelling supporters for Oakmedians, something Olney have been lacking at away games this season.
It was the home side that were keen to get back into winning form and within minutes from the first whistle Olney’s Full Back, Mark Marwood went over in the corner after some quick recycling of the ball. This was converted by a drop goal by James Hawken giving Olney the 7-0 advantage. The Olney forwards were next to make an impression from a lineout where they drove forwarded and Flanker, John Robinson scored a try, this conversion re-bounded off the post taking the score to 12-0.
Oakmedians obviously not happy with the early score line, they began to get involved and make a couple of clean breaks themselves, though there were some great tackles being made by the Olney players. On one occasion the visitor’s were right up to the try line, only to give away a penalty to the home side which was cleared up field by James Hawken. Some great support play in the Olney side saw John Robinson go over for his second try, which was converted by James Hawken extending Olney’s lead to 19-0 for a few minuted before James Hawken added to his tally of points by scoring a try after Mark Marwood took a high ball and fed Hawken the ball before he jinked through the mid-field to score the try and then convert taking the score to 26-0 where the score remained at the half time break.
Oakmedians definitely came back from the break looking determined to get onto the score board and threw everything into their attack, and finally got their first try of the afternoon which the full back converted 26-7. Olney made a substitution at Full Back as Mark Marwood was replaced by Jordan Letts. Olney however continued to look in control of the game, and John Robinson made a clean break from just inside half way all the way up field to score his hat trick, which James Hawken converted stretching Olney’s lead to 33-7.
With both teams making further substitutions and Oakmedians lost a player with a blood injury after a clash of heads with his own team mate, fresh legs on both sides ensured the high tempo game continued. It was the visitors however who completed the tries, after a long kick up field their winger managed to touch down for the try, and with the full back converting took the final score to 33-14. A deserved win for the home side, with Fly Half, Dave Smith awarded man of the match for a good overall performance, despite John Robinsons hat trick!
Olney travel away to Amersham next before hosting Bletchley on 29th January where all supporters are encouraged to attend!
Tries; Mark Marwood x1, John Robinson x3, James Hawken x1
Con; James hawken x4