RUGBY SLIDESHOW: Old Laurentians 2nds v Earlsdon

Pictures from Fenley Field on Saturday

PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Tom Winslett in possession, with Chris Halcrow, Rich Machon and Nick Martin

Tom Winslett in possession, with Chris Halcrow, Rich Machon and Nick Martin

Warwickshire League 1

Old Laurentian 2nd XV 10

Earlsdon 2nd XV 14

Report by David Middleton

Jordan Rowbottom with the ball against Earlsdon 2nds, with Tom Winslett, Ray Smith, Adrian Marsh, Rich Machon and Billy Steatham

Jordan Rowbottom with the ball against Earlsdon 2nds, with Tom Winslett, Ray Smith, Adrian Marsh, Rich Machon and Billy Steatham

OLs welcomed Earlsdon to Fenley Field hoping to extend their unbeaten run. Unfortunately for the home side, injury and unavailability in the 1st XV deprived them of five of the back line that had made such an impact so far. 

So the side that took to the field had a somewhat strange look to it, skipper Nick Martin relinquishing his usual back row slot to put in a shift at scrum half. OLs were still in confident mood and from the kick off were on the front foot winning plenty of phases and driving deep into the Earlsdon half.

Unfortunately, the opening five minutes were as good as it got for the home side as a combination of poor options and school boy defending allowed the Earlsdon centre to race away from half way to score, making the conversion a formality and giving his side a 0-7 lead.

The rest of the half saw uncharacteristic mistakes from the home side as they failed to get their game going and barring a Halcrow penalty never looked like crossing the line.

OLs started the second half looking to right the wrongs of the opening 40 minutes but an early converted try from the visitors gave them a mountain to climb. This side however has a strong work ethic and after a period of stalemate, second row James Harris powered over for his third try in two games; and with Halcrow adding the conversion it was 10-14 with 15 minutes to play and OLs dominating. Earlsdon, however, were not about to relinquish the lead without a fight and as OLs again struggled to choose the right option and with the visitors defending like their lives depended on it, time ran out and the home side’s unbeaten run came to an end.

This was a disappointing afternoon for Nick Martins men but given the character that exists within the side they will soon bounce back, although the visit of Banbury this week will again test the side to its limits.