Oldfield's struggles continue with home defeat to Sidmouth
Visiting Sidmouth handed Oldfield a fifth straight defeat on Saturday to leave them in danger at the wrong end of the South West 1 West table.
The third-from-bottom home side surrendered a 12-point advantage to lose 25-19 at a misty Shaft Road and face another stern test when they entertain second-placed North Petherton this weekend.
Some fine kicking from half-backs Rhidian McGuire and skipper Sean Lilley helped Oldfield dominate the early stages and they deservedly broke the deadlock when Alex Carlton-Porter’s sublime break was finished off by fantastic footwork from winger Conrad Braithwaite, who scored in the corner. Full-back Joel Hawkins failed to convert.
Outside centre Carlton-Porter was then hauled down after another break but the Oldfield forwards rumbled on and Will Owen finished under the posts. Hawkins added the extras for a 12-0 lead.
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Sidmouth’s fightback began when Aidan Ascott took matters into his own hands as the visitors slowed a breakdown, stamping on a player on the wrong side. The resulting penalty led to another for hands in the ruck and the Devon side cut the gap to eight points.
An unconverted try in the corner saw Sidmouth make further inroads and they were the first to touch down in the second half to take the lead for the first time at 15-12.
Oldfield twice opted against kicking for goal when awarded penalties in range but coughed up the ball on both occasions. They were punished by a controversial converted try at the other end, which was followed by a penalty as Sidmouth moved 13 points in front.
Owen finished off a wonderfully-crafted move to touch down for the second time. Hawkins converted but the hosts were left with only a losing bonus point to show for their efforts.
A makeshift Oldfield 2nds side took a big scalp in some style as they ran out 66-5 victors away to their Weston-super-Mare counterparts.
Oldfield had to soak up plenty of pressure before taking a 12-point lead into the break thanks to a brace of scores from captain Jack Burns.
Seven more tries followed in the second period, with Burns completing his hat-trick and man of the match Greg Simkins touching down twice. Luke Lane, Sam Cook, Tom Chapman and Adam Watts – a hooker playing at centre – were also among the scorers.
Solid full-back Dan Hine was successful with eight of his ten conversion attempts, while Ali Lane did well in his first full outing at fly-half.