Oldfield looking over shoulders after latest defeat
Two tries in the final 15 minutes condemned struggling Oldfield Old Boys RFC to a 25-12 defeat at North Dorset, increasing their relegation fears in South West 1 West.
The visitors looked fresh in the opening stages, following a number of weather-enforced rests, and took the lead when winger Conrad Braithwaite intercepted and sprinted the length of the pitch to touch down.
Fly half Rob Payne added the extras but Oldfield were unable to collect the ball from the restart, allowing North Dorset to set up a chance.
It looked like it had been cleared when visiting scrum-half Rhidian McGuire hacked the ball clear but, to the amazement of all watching, the referee awarded a try to North Dorset.
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Oldfield responded well, with full-back Alex Carlton-Porter just being ushered into touch after a sensational break, but suffered a blow when instrumental tighthead prop Mark Roberts suffered a nasty knee injury.
That gave North Dorset superiority at the set-piece and they were eventually awarded a penalty try after a number of collapsed scrums.
Oldfield got the first points on the board in the second half as hooker Jack Beazer produced an outstanding offload to prop Rich Stainer, who finished well in the corner.
However, that was as good as it got for the Shaft Road outfit, who travel to Bridgwater & Albion for the first time in many years this weekend with a relegation scrap now well and truly on.