A DEPLETED Old Leamingtonians were knocked out of the National Cup after losing 20-0 at Dunstablians.
A series of injuries to several key first team players forced many of the Old Leamingtonians side to play out of position but a combination of bad luck and unforced errors saw them lose by 20 points.
The home pack was heavier and more co-ordinated than the Old Leams and this was displayed by two push over tries in each half , one of which was converted. With the visitors playing with the wind at their backs in the first half good territorial advantages were gained but again poor line out ball brought many of the opportunities to a halt.
With the first half coming to an end a break by the Dunstablians numbedr 8 saw him collect a loose ball and run half the length of the pitch to score beneath the posts for an unconverted try and then an audacious drop goal from the same player saw half time reached with OL’s behind 15 points to nil.
OLs’ played much better against the strong wind than with it and had control of the game for long periods but were unable to breach the home defence. Late in the game the heavier Dunstablians forwards again pushed the OL’s pack back across the goal line to score the third try and bring the final score to 20 points to nil.
This Saturday sees league leaders Ledbury visit The Crofts, kick off 2.15pm.