The Hill started with plenty of conviction and got themselves on the scoreboard with a three point penalty, but a quick snipe from Rhidian McGuire fed Sam Weier
, who rounded off the nice approach play by dotting down under the posts and Josh Felix
converted. Some basic errors and poor discipline allowed a fired up Hill to add another three points with a penalty and they were visibly on top in the opening exchanges as Oldfield struggled to assert themselves on the game.
However, every time Oldfield had the ball they broke through at a canter and Will Owen
, on for a blood bin, easily dissected the Hill defence and some good support from Weier saw him claim his second of the day. Oldfield now imposing themselves more looked dangerous every time they had the ball and the impressive Felix broke through and another Oldfield score followed. To their credit, Hill kept at it and their efforts were rewarded when the prop touched down close to the line and the fly half converted to make the score 18 – 13 to Oldfield. This was the last score for Hill as Oldfield controlled the rest of the game and another score from Sean Lilley
, who broke through after some improved phases and continuity, stretched the lead and Felix converted and it was half time.
Aside from a couple of Hill breaks and some brief pressure on the Oldfield line, the second half was dominated by Oldfield, who ran the ball from everywhere and Owen cut inside after great work from Josh Felix
and ran in from 40m. Big Second Row Greg Bazell
then showed some great skill and footwork, as he charged up the touchline and fed hooker Adam Watts
as he sprinted in from 30m to score under the post. This was a pleasing passage of play for both players recalled to the first team. Every time Oldfield had the ball they outclassed their opponents who were now chasing shadows and constantly infringing at the breakdown. After a Hill forward lost the ball on the Oldfield line after a rare visit, the ball was quickly moved and Oldfield scored a length of the field score as their pace and intensity was a little overwhelming for the home team. With the home team now tiring this resulted in further scores for Felix and McGuire and eventually Oldfield ran out 53-13 victors.
The Red Army will enjoy a weeks rest, as there is no game on Saturday and return to league action on 24 March, when Oldfield will host Sidmouth RFC at Fortress Shaft Road, which is also the Presidents/VP’s Day that is being sponsored by Butt Building Services.
Match Report written by: Red Army Fan 99