Outstanding effort earns Oldfield a draw with high-flying North Petherton
An outstanding team effort helped struggling Oldfield earn a 25-25 draw with South West 1 West title chasers North Petherton at Shaft Road.
The red wall of Oldfield defenders kept Petherton – knocked off the top by Camborne the week before – at bay during a fast start and it was the hosts who opened the scoring through Rob Payne’s penalty.
Petherton stormed back to score an unconverted try before Payne’s second penalty put Oldfield ahead again.
As the game continued at a ferocious pace, Oldfield skipper Sean Lilley made a scintillating break that was finished in the corner by the prolific Conrad Braithwaite.
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A lapse in concentration saw Petherton gifted possession from the restart, however, and they touched down for the second time following a scrum. The conversion made it 12-11 to the visitors at half-time.
Powerful number eight Aaron Gibbs extended their lead with a converted try after the break but Oldfield narrowed the gap to a point again when centre Alex Carlton-Porter touched down.
Scrum-half Rhidian McGuire waltzed through a tired-looking Petherton defence to score with seven minutes left, with Payne’s conversion making it 25-19.
But Petherton refused to panic and two penalties levelled the contest before a last-minute drop-goal attempt from Oldfield went wide.
Oldfield 2nds’ Somerset 2 North title hopes lie in tatters after they lost 27-15 at home to Hornets counterparts.
Dan Hine, Sam Cook and Billy Withers touched down for the hosts, who now trail Hornets by 12 points at the summit.