Wednesday 20 February 2013 Updated: 20/02 16:44
Old Leamingtonians 33 Evesham 6
IN-FORM OLs maintained their Midlands Three West (South) promotion push with a convincing victory over Evesham at The Crofts on Saturday.
More than 100 club patrons enjoyed an excellent lunch and were then entertained to a match winning performance which included six tries.
Evesham dominated the opening quarter but all their efforts were snuffed out by positive defensive tackling and rapid counter attacks.
OLs, forced to make changes due to pre-match warm up injuries, took time to settle but gradually got into gear.
Repeated forward pressure was too often stopped by the referee’s whistle but it was only a matter of time before OLs forward pressure paid off and captain Jason Healey opened the scoring following a forward move that saw him cross the line for the first of his three tries.
Evesham registered the next score from a penalty in front of the posts, quickly followed by a second from a similar position to put the visitors ahead.
The visitors joy proved short-lived as OLs capitalised on mistakes in the Evesham defence to produce two further tries for Healey, both scored in similar fashion from good forward pressure, which secured a 15-6 half time advantage.
OLs continued to dominate in the forwards and from an early infringement fly-half Rose converted a penalty to extend the lead.
The visitors were penned inside their own 22 for long periods of the second half and were forced to use desperate measures to prevent the home forwards from pushing them over the goal line.
Repeated infringements resulted in a yellow card for one of the Evesham second row.
The forwards pressure was intense but it was a charge down from an attempted clearance kick by Evesham that saw the ball quickly recovered by OLs and passed out to Mark Foley who ran in try number four from the 22 metre line.
A series of mauls again reduced Evesham to undisciplined defence that saw another player yellow carded and Tom Heslop took advantage to run in another try.
The scoring was completed in the closing stages when second row Luke Cobb charged over.
The OLs dominance was achieved by an outstanding display by the home forwards with Will Johnson enjoying a tremendous game in the lineout and in loose play.
On a day when kicking was difficult none of the tries were converted but OLs gained a bonus point and closed the gap on leaders Old Coventrians to three points.
OLs visit Redditch in a re-arranged league fixture this Saturday (2.15pm).
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