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Your News Bletchley 19 - Olney 20

There is always something special about local derbys in the fixtures and Saturday was no different with the local press expressing how Bletchley would do their utmost to put an end to Olneys winning streak of the last six consecutive league victories. However, Bletchley didnt have the best start to the afternoon when their Fly half kicked the ball straight into touch from the whistle giving Olney a scrum and allowing them to make some ground immediately by strong drives from the forwards. Both sides gave away some early penalties by not releasing the ball quickly enough for the referees liking, and it was Bletchley that went for posts first and were successful taking an early lead 3-0. Olney then lost influential Prop, Mike Ormesher after his ankle was stamped on in play, and Dave Rainbow replaced him. The home side had a couple more attempts at the posts after Olneys players were not rolling away from the tackle, and a tackle was made off the ball, with one being successful extending the lead to 6-0.

Olneys Centre, James Hawken pulled the score back slightly when converting a penalty himself 6-3. With the Olney backs looking more involved with some quick ball provided by scrum half, Richard James and Inside Centre, Chris Parnham making some good breaks. Though it was James Hawken who made a great individual try when he tested the Bletchley back line and after selling a dummy to the first two defenders simply gassed another couple to score in the corner, though his conversion went just wide, but did put Olney into the lead 6-8 for a few minutes before Bletchley converted yet another penalty taking the score to 9-8 to the home side at the half time break.

Both sides seemed keen to get in control of the game after the break, and the first real attacking phase came from Bletchleys number 4 who had his winger on his shoulder but chose to go alone and in doing so, both failed to make the try and awarded Olney a penalty for not releasing the ball as he was isolated. Olney used the penalty to gain territory and in winning their lineout were awarded another penalty for Bletchley being offside, which James Hawken converted putting the Olney into the lead 9-11, and only minutes later James Hawken stretched the visitors lead with another converted penalty after a Bletchley player not rolling away from the tackle 9-14.

Bletchley did their utmost to please their strong home crowd, who were delighted Im sure to see their Winger finally became involved and score a try which was converted taking back the lead 16-14 for a couple of minutes before James Hawken converted another penalty for Olney returning the lead to the visitors once again 16-17. With both sides desperate for the win and punishing themselves by giving away penalties it was no surprise to see Olneys James Hawken convert another penalty 16-20 and Bletchleys P Harman take advantage of his position in front of the posts to convert a drop goal taking the score to 19-20 where it remained at the final whistle to the relief of the visiting supporters and players!

It is always a close game between these two sides, but the fact of the matter is Olney still remain undefeated despite Bletchleys efforts, and should congratulate themselves for the last seven league results no matter how close, and prepare for their next fixture which is at home this Saturday against Maidenhead kicking off at 3pm, where supporters are encouraged to get behind their team.

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