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Sat 25 Oct 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Poor performance leads to away defeat at Olney

Boro traveled to Olney knowing it is never easy taking points from Olney at home and how right they were.

The 1st team welcomed back skipper Pete Vickers to the 10 shirt with Tom Mair coming in at full back. The players sitting on the bench this week were Connor Aldrich, Craig Marshall and Mark Bartlem.

1st half
Boro kicked off and straight away held up the Olney player to win a scrum and from this Boro put together some early attacking play but a couple of knock ons halted Boro in their tracks. It wasn’t long before Boro had a penalty shot at goal for an Olney player holding on but Vickers hit the post and the lack of chase mean't Olney could deal with it easy. Scrappy play from both sides seemed to follow for the next few minutes but then the Olney team started to get some momentum breaking through tackles and progressing down the field. Some good defence held back the Olney attack and if it wasn’t for the referee calling for a forward pass then Boro may well have broken away. However, the next scrum saw Olney execute a good blindside move to take the lead with a try (Olney 5v0 Boro).

Immediately from the kick off Boro had an opportunity to reduce the lead with a penalty goal but the kick drifted left. It wasn’t long before Olney were back on the attack again but despite weak tackling and indiscipline Boro were still able to make a break through Luke Gardiner but this was only temporary as poor defence let Olney straight back in. Wave after wave of attack was repelled but any kick out of defence was immediately run back at Boro. A couple of lineout drives were stopped by the Boro forwards but it wasn’t long before Olney increased the score with another try after a quick tapped penalty (Olney 12v0 Boro).

Olney sensed that they could press home their advantage and soon after their second try came their third try, again sloppy defence saw Olney score a try in the corner (Olney 17v0 Boro). The kick off saw the Boro not want to catch the ball and brought back for players ahead of the kicker and then to further compound the issue a couple of penalties were conceded giving the opportunity to Olney to extend their lead (Olney 20v0 Boro).
Half Time: Olney 20 v 0 Wellingborough

2nd Half
A positive start was needed from Boro but an early knock on soon put an end to this, however, Jack Bryan was being a nuisance at the back of the Olney scrum so any good ball they had was often spoilt. Some good attacking play from Boro with half breaks from Jack Bryan and Steven Gall eventually saw Kyle Danns held up over the line.

That was as close as Boro got to scoring in the second half, a wide move from the backs saw the last pass to Luke Gardiner miss him completely. However, Boro kept trying to score but errors with handling and depth in attack saw the Olney defence soak up any pressure and with their forwards power they could pick and choose when to turnover the Boro attack.

Another attack from Boro saw breaks by Kyle Danns, Shaun Mackie and Paul Lambert but again a wide pass to Tom Bryan saw the ball thrown over his head. With panic setting in Boro tapped their penalties and although were still making half breaks there was not enough support and so the promising break would end up slowing turn down allowing Olney to get back in defence and prevent the score.

It wasn’t until about 5 minutes from the end that Olney actually made it into the Boro half and pushed for the fourth try and the bonus try but Boro's last ditch defence whilst the ref wasn't looking saw the ball held up over the line.
Full Time: Olney 20 v 0 Wellingborough


After last weeks ‘best’ performance this was by far the worst performance. A lack of support play, poor decision making in attack, defence and with all facets of play was further compounded by a strong Olney team with a desire to knock off the top team. A lot of hardwork is needed to put in consistent performances and this starts this week with training followed up by a tough home game against Lutterworth which I’m sure that all the players will be up for as they try to put ‘right the wrongs’ from this week.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Northampton Old Scouts 22 78
2. Wellingborough 22 74
3. Biggleswade 22 71
4. Lutterworth 22 61
5. Oadby Wyggestonians 22 58
6. Olney 22 56
7. Oakham 22 52

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