Bridgwater defeat sees Oldfield drop into relegation zone
A tense 17-13 defeat at fellow relegation candidates Bridgwater & Albion saw Oldfield drop into South West 1 West’s bottom three.
The visitors made a solid start against their former National League opponents but fell behind to an unconverted try after a clearance kick from Rhidian McGuire was moved wide and then passed inside for a smart finish.
Oldfield hit back with some impressive rugby and powerhouse Josh Felix bundled over in the corner. Full-back Rob Payne narrowly missed the conversion but was successful with a penalty minutes later to give the visitors the lead.
As the half wore on, Bridgwater’s possession and territory led to a number of scrums near the home line but they were foiled by an impressive Oldfield defence.
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Oldfield eventually worked their way back up the field, attacking the Bridgwater 22, and were rewarded with an unconverted try from prop Richard Stainer – his second in as many weeks.
Bridgwater dominated the early part of the second half after Oldfield centre Alex Carlton-Porter was sin-binned and narrowed the gap to a point with an unconverted try.
Their winning try came soon afterwards as a weak clearance kick 25m out on the righthand touchline saw the ball moved to Bridgwater’s loosehead prop, who sprinted into the corner as the Oldfield defence opened up.
Oldfield will look to bounce back at home to seventh-placed Sidmouth on Saturday.
There was far better news for the 2nds, who hammered Midsomer Norton 3rds 106-7 to stretch an unbeaten run stretching back to October 13.
Oldfield veteran Mark Patrick and man of the match Josh Swaby starred for the winners, who sit second in Somerset 2 North.
They travel to Weston-super-Mare 3rds on Saturday, while the 3rd XV entertain Stothert & Pitt 2nds at Shaft Road.