OLD Leamingtonians failed to overcome another one of their bogey sides after falling to a 24-5 defeat away at Shipston on Stour in the Midlands 3 West (South), reports Denis Fisher.
Despite having taken the lead mid-way through the first half at Mayo Road on Saturday, that proved to be as good as it got for the visitors on a day when good pressure on the home defence uncharacteristically came to nothing.
After a period of pressure from OLs a defensive pass from the retreating scrum half to the Shipston full back was dropped behind the goal line for OLs to claim the touch down.
It was Shipston’s game plan to use the long kick to gain territorial advantage but for most of the first half OLs had the answer to it as they used the slope and the wind to their favour but time and time again the well worked advantages were wasted.
Shipston continued with their game plan and from one foray into the OLs’ 22 metre area, OLs shipped the ball to the advancing Shipston forwards allowing them to score the first of four tries that all emanated from crucial mistakes close to their own line.
The first half closed with Shipston enjoying a seven point lead following a converted penalty awarded for yet another OL infringement in front of the posts.
The second half followed the same pattern with OLs creating and wasting good moves and the next score came to Shipston when an OLs pass went directly to a Shipston player allowing him the cross the OLs goal line unchallenged.
Shipston continued to attack and from good forward pressure on the OLs well inside their 22 metre area the ball was quickly moved along the home three quarters creating an open opportunity for the winger to score a well worked try.
OLs were having a mistake riddled day and frustrations were beginning to show. The game suddenly erupted into a travelling brawl that was ended with the Shipston scrum half being yellow carded.
Within seconds of the restart another fracas ensued resulting in OLs Tom Smith being red carded. As the game neared the final whistle Shipston stole the ball from OLs and simply ran in to score try number four and gain a bonus point.
Next up for OLs is a home clash against Upton-on-Severn at The Crofts (3pm).