Luctonians RFC 15 v 20 Otley RUFC
Saturday 2nd November 2019
A game of two halves saw the visitors claim the win despite being 15-3 behind at half time. Despite the hard work of Lucs staff pre kick off, the match had to be moved to their adjacent second team pitch due to a waterlogged main arena.
Joe Rowntree kicked Otley into the game with a penalty on 16mins before going off with a serious knee injury. Ollie Allsopp, who had a fine game scored for Lucs on 22 following good work by his forwards, with Will Burton converting to see the hosts lead at half time 15-3 but they failed to add to their total despite most of the possession and domination.
Half Time Score
Luctonians 15 v 3 Otley
Otley however exerted their forwards power game in atrocious conditions from the re-start and had Lucs on the back foot deep in their own red zone on many occasions to outscore Lucs and pinch the result with a dogged second half performance.
Conor Turner took a yellow card for Lucs for team infringements and his departure for 10mins gave Otley the opportunity which they took with both hands scoring all their second half 17 points while Lucs were down to 14.
Fred Watson went over from a driving maul which looked suspiciously like a knock on when grounding, and 7 minutes later Brett Mitchell was driven over from a driving maul from 20metres out, Ben Magee converting to level the scores.
Lucs started to open up the game to try and get their free running backs into the match, but Paul Petchey capitalised on loose ball to run in from half way to give the away side the lead.
The conditions meant the game became attritional and the high penalty count was telling, especially for Lucs who fell foul of the whistle quite often to what appeared to be innocuous decisions when in good positions, allowing Otley to defend their line as the game progressed and probably were just deserved winners.
Full Time Score
Luctonians 15 v 20 Otley
Luctonians Man of the Match
Referee: Mr Lloyd Davies
Tries: Frank Kelly (9), Ollie Allsopp (22)
Con: Will Burton (23)
Pen: Will Burton (4)
Tries: Watson (55), Mitchell (62), Petchey (65)
Con: Magee (63)
Pen: Rowntree (16)
Josh Watkins, Charles Meredith, Ollie Allsopp, Rob Lewis, Frank Kelly, Will Burton, Owen Randell; Tom Furnival, Guy Kirkby, Joe White, Conor Turner, Owien Harriott-Davis, Mat Hackley, Seb Robinson, Max Hill
Connor Deignan, Ryan Smeilus, Jake Cheshire, Cameron Tawfik, Louis Silver
Hall, Petchey, Morgan, Mackie, Roberts, Rowntree, Johnson; Burkinshaw, Graham, Moss, Mitchell, Willet, Burns, Scott, Watson
Rigg, Jackson, Dunn, Costin-Pratt, Magee
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