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Old Leamingtonians 1st XV 14 - 0 Bedworth RFC 1st XV

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2013 09:43am
Blackdown, Warwick
By Nick Crighton
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Considering their performance against OLs on Saturday it is a bit of a puzzle as to why Bedworth are at the bottom of the Midlands 2 West (South)  League.

On a day when conditions were good (apart from a very strong end to end wind) Bedworth came at the home side with gusto. Old Leamingtonians found it almost impossible to use the wind which was in their favour in the first half to get into the Bedworth half at all.

After a quarter of an hour's hard graft in their own territory OLs conceded a penalty on the 22 in front of the posts and they escaped going three points down when the kick was missed.

More Bedworth onslaught followed the 22 drop out and it wasn't until half an hour had been played when from a scrum in midfeld, the ball went out to Andrew Skene in the centre who broke through the Bedworth threequarter line and took on the fullback before giving a pass to peripatetic winger Ryan Dee who beat another defender to score close to the posts. The kick by fullback Angus Rose was successful.

Bedworth came storming back at OLs from the restart and only desperate last minute defence snuffed out a breakaway movement inside the OL 22.

OLs got back upfield and another great attack saw the ball shipped out to Lock Forward Luke Cobb who was bundled into touch two metres from the tryline. At least OLs had now discovered that they didn't have to play the whole game in their own half and another OL breakaway could have seen a score had it not been for rather overcooked chip ahead which in the high wind went dead. OLs reached the half way point 7 - 0 ahead.

In the second half, against the wind, OLs did have a little more territory but time and again Bedworth surprised them with a bit of flair and only some last pass  poor handling by the visitors saved them from conceding points.

The game was marred by continual stoppages for injuries and infringements many of which were against Bedworth for skulduggery in the set scrums and rucks one of which resulted in the Bedworth Hooker being yellow carded.  OLs took advantage and some great interplay between Scrum Half Toby Lord and Hooker Reece Jones got them  into the Bedworth 22 on the left side of the field.

From the resulting play, the ball was shipped to Prop Craig Ellis on the charge and nothing was going to stop him crashing through three tackles to get over the line. A magnificent kick from wide out and against the wind by Angus Rose took the home side to 14 - 0 which was the final result.

Bedworth proved tough opponents and OLs were glad to reach the half point of the season ( in their first year in their promoted league) in 4th place on 35 points (only 7 points off the leaders) and 2 points above their local rivals Leamington.



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