Another Losing Point for Old Leams

Old Leamingtonians 8 - 11 Pinley

Last Updated: Nov 18, 2014 04:43pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Lewis
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Another losing bonus point for the OL’s following another match lost by a single score having yet again dominated for much of the match.

The game kicked off in almost perfect conditions for rugby with Pinley immediately taking the game to OL’s with a number of storming power plays keeping the ball inside the home half of the field and it was desperate defence for the first 20 minutes of the game that kept Pinley at bay.

But the pressure eventually paid off when following a number of pick and charges the ball was spun wide by the Pinley backs, creating an overlap that allowed a try to be scored on the far right side of the pitch. The conversion was missed.

After this set back OL’s continued to defend well but were coming more into game and began to put pressure on the Pinley defence with fly half Cieran ‘Connor gaining good ground with well placed long kicks into the Pinley half.  With the pressure being put onto Pinley the visitors began to give away penalties giving OL’s opportunities to put more pressure onto Pinley inside the visitors 22 metre area but opportunities failed to create tries and it was left to a long range penalty conversion by O’Connor that took the half time break with OL’s turning round three points to five down.

The second half was dominated by OL’s as second halves had been all season but all efforts to create scoring chances passed without success with the exception of a push over try scored by Reece Jones flowing a period of intense pressure on the Pinley defence.  The conversion was pushed just wide but levelled the scores with minutes to go.  It was OL’s that continued to apply pressure with Pinley proving difficult to penetrate and from a good position close to the Pinley line the ball was loot and moved up field where OL’s were judged to have infringed on the half way line and the game ended with a long range penalty to give Pinley the win, but yet again the better side on the day came second.

This was another good all round display by OL’s despite the losing sequence continuing.  They maintain the league position thanks to having amassed more losing bonus points than any other team in the league.  The run of play must change soon.

Next week sees OL’s visit Banbury with a 2.25pm kick off.


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