Congleton traveled to the Gran Morgan home ground knowing they had a task to beat the Cheshire south league contenders on a wet and sticky pitch, that foretold of a possession game.
The Eagles started with a commanding outlook from the kick off playing with skill and passion, moving the ball through the hands and quick ball at the breakdown, nearly getting a try in the opening minute, but a penalty given to the Congleton men saved them..
The free kick was probably not the best they could kick. Oswestry regained possession and from a kick and fantastic run from the halfway line by number 7 Zac Baldwin who dived on the moving ball to score the first try, with Fin Grogan slotting the ball between the posts..
This galvanised the Cons into action and they showed excellent attacking skills pinning the Eagles in their own half, defending the line with a "Lion Heart" defence. The Congleton men now at their best, desperate to get this try, but time and again the men of Oswestry thwarted the last ditch attempt for a try, with Hamish fuller and his steady pack and Andy Smith, Chris Hesky, Guy Robert all front row players moving the team to try and clear the ball out of the Oswestry half. This sustained attack lasted 10 minutes.
Again a fantastic clearance from Fin Grogan saw the Eagles back in the Congleton half. Ivor Hughes collecting the ball from a quick ruck and darting up the wing to gain several metres of ground, unfortunately Congleton gave away a silly penalty, Fin Grogan saw the "posts" from a difficult angle, but once again his trusty boot slotted the ball between them and put the score to 10-0.
Again Congleton started putting on the pressure to the Oswestry men , pushing them back on the back foot, Os giving away a penalty, Congleton taking this to try and get 3 points, but to no avail.. still 10-0
Captain Andy Smith now rallied his men to push the Congleton men back towards the try line, this now becoming difficult with the wet pitch cutting up and the ball for both teams became a bar of soap...but some fine play from James Booth at 8 Andy Merrett the Eagles stalwart playing some deft rugby the ball going from left to right, the Congleton men not knowing which way to defend, saw a superb maul from the Eagles push the ball over the line with the big second row Mike Davis scoring, coming out of the mud in glory !! No conversion this time..
Second half and the rain coming in sideways and the dark of winter coming over, the ref could hardly distinguish who was who in the mud, saw both teams struggle to play possession rugby with penalties being given for knock ons and holding on in the ruck, however it was from one of these penalties that Congleton took the opportunity to take a go through the posts and did so scoring 3 points.
Now Andy Smith decided to bring on fresh legs with Jamie Luckett on the wing and Scott Double in the pack, the Eagles now getting the better of the game recycling the ball quickly from the breakdown, giving the backs opportunity to run the ball at the Congleton men. Fin Grogan offloading a superb ball to Andy Merret, darting through the Congleton defence ever pushing towards the Congleton try line, quick ball out to the left wing saw Jamie luckett with space to tear down the left wing and score triumphantly in the corner, Fin Grogan stepping up the take this difficult conversion, boom ! Straight through the posts.
Now Oswestry desperately pushing for the 4th try for bonus points with the minutes closing for full time, saw the Eagles camped on the Congleton try line ..TRY !!!! But unfortunately the ref didn&amp;amp;#039;t or couldn&amp;amp;#039;t see it in amongst the mud and players, FULL time and Oswestry continue the battle for top of the Cheshire South league in 3rd position - but only 5 points from the leaders and two games in hand. Looking good for the Oswestry men, great 1st half of the season. Now comes the final push with the Eagles first game on the 9th of January 2016 away to Dukenfield.
Oswestry rugby club wish all our supporters , players and families a wonderland Christmas and the happiest of new year..
Sat 21st Nov Oswestry First Team 36 - 20 Ramsey -
Eagles fly high in the Isle of Man.
Oswestry took this long Journey to the Isle of Man needing to win this game to challenge for the title in the Cheshire South League.
It was a bright but cold day on a perfect pitch at Ramsey, a great day for running rugby, the Eagles started with strong attacking play, with Ramsey giving away a penalty straight away, the dependable Fin Grogan kicking the ball in the corner putting the Manx men on the back foot, Hamish Fuller at 9 passing from the ruck with great interplay from the forwards driving Ramsey back, again quick ball from the ruck through the hands of the backs now finding fleet of foot Gaz Hughes, who skinned the Ramsey backs to score a great try, Fin Grogan converting.
Ramsey now with the crowd urging them on to counter attack the Home side where on fire and pushing Oswestry to the back foot, but again the Stalwart defence of the Oswestry men held out and a great clearance from Luca Owen-Youens provided Oswestry with a penalty a fair distance from the posts, which Fin Grogan converted hitting the top of the cross bar to bounce over.
From the Kick off Ramsey where attacking with vengeance and putting great moves together, upsetting the Oswestry men, from one of these moves Ramsey scored and converted.
Play now started to get a bit fraught with one of the Oswestry men yellow carded for an infringement of the rules, Oswestry down to 14 men defending like demons against the Ramsey onslaught, now a penalty for Ramsey converting, making the score.
Again play started to get tough and hard, Ramsey now yellow carded for not playing within the rules..14 men a piece, Oswestry playing superb running rugby, Captain Andy Smith urging his men on, an excellent offload to Jamie Luckett saw him getting close to a try, but the Manx man tackled him into touch..quick ball from Hamish fuller with a deft off load to Fin Grogan off load again to Zac Baldwin who mesmerised the Ramsey defence fooling them into a mis move, Zac running through and scoring a great try, Fin converting
From the Ramsey Kick off, the Eagles counter attacked with excellent handling of the ball both forwards and backs coming together as a powerful unit, nothing Ramsey could do to stop the Shropshire men. Now play from the centre Andy Merrett started moving with his backs towards the Ramsey try line using all of his skills to enforce the Oswestry machine, Mike Davies running through the Manx defence ever nearer to that try, quick ball from Hamish to his forwards, Deian Lloyd-hughes battling for possession, offload to Zac Baldwin TRY, and a fantastic team effort.
Fin Grogan Converting.
24-10 HALF TIME.
Ramsey now wanted to score and get within the distance to try and win this match, the supporters of the Manx men baying for their men to get over the white line..penalty given away by Oswestry, saw a conversion and 3 points.
A try and conversion would see the Ramsey side back in contention, but a late tackle on Chris Heskey, depleted the Manx side down to 14 men, but none the less they attacked Oswestry, putting the team into defense mode, which again has to be the best in this league..but out standing play from Luca Owen-Youens running like a steam train from the back smashing his way through the Ramsey defence time and time again, now saw Oswestry on the Manx try line mauling only a Metre away ..the Ref blew up for the ball not coming out with the 5 second rule.
A breather for Ramsey kicking for touch, but not making it and again Luca running at the Ramsey defence offloading to his backs, the Oswestry men now in full attack mode, pushing Ramsey to the limits, with excellent team play and good decision making, saw. Andy Merrett score a cracking try, this time Fin not converting.
Now Ramsey wanted a try just to keep their heads up and play again got a bit fraught with both sides being warned by the Ref.. Gaz Barrett decided to make a few changes with Dave Morris, Dan Morgan and Scott Double coming on to replace tired legs.. But unfortunately with the Ramsey side in full attack the got their try and converted.
Oswestry kicked of again and the play by this visiting team was outstanding although Ramsey did their best to contain Oswestry it was not to happen, a superset Kick from the centre saw Gaz Hughes catch the ball and run from the half way line to score under the posts, with Fin converting.
FINAL SCORE 36 20 and bonus points..putting the Eagles 2nd in the league with a game in hand.
Next Saturday the Eagles are at home in the North Mids cup competition to Droitwich.
KO 14.15 hrs .. come down and watch your Rugby team play ..
Sat 14th Nov Oswestry 1sts 60 - 0 Moore - Guru
On a miserable wet day at the Gran Morgan home of Rugby ..the Eagles produced a stunning performance against Moore to bring Sunshine into the hearts of the Oswestry Supporters braving the weather.
From the start the Oswestry men showed that their power and strength in all areas of the game was going to be too much for the Gentlemen of Moore. Excellent inter play between the forwards and backs with Sam Wright taking a fantastic offload scoring the first try.
5-0 no conversion on this blustery windy day.
Moore defiantly tried to gain some foothold attacking the Eagles line but to no avail a great clearance from Luca Owen Yuoens put Moore on the back foot giving away a penalty close to their try line, and with a stronger pack Oswestry took advantage and scored with Deian Lloyd Hughes putting the ball down for a try, no conversion.
Jamie Luckett coming in from the wing had a superb run through the the Moore defense offloading, but the ball was knocked forward - nearly another try, then the redoubtable Andy Merrett kicked one of his, tap over the defense line, to run on and score under the posts.
Fin Grogan Converting this one.
The Eagles now looking for bonus points with the 4th try it came in the form of Tom H Jones catching the ball and kicking on - a brilliant piece of individual play to score his 1st try for the Eagles.
And bonus points! A Moore player being sin binned for 10 minutes put them down to 14 men. The well oiled Oswestry machine now started to give the supporters plenty to shout about with some excellent team play. Hamish Fuller's dazzling passes to his backs mesmerizing the Moore defense But fair play to Moore they battled hard to keep the Eagles out, but continuous pressure from the Eagles pack, saw Zac Baldwin dive over the line with cracking play from the forwards.
27-0 no conversion.
Now moor started to work towards the Oswestry defense willing themselves to try and break the Eagles, but to no avail, they lost the ball in a ruck and Luca Owen Youens kicked the ball into touch.
Half time 27-0
The start of this second half saw the Oswestry men take control again in all aspects of play, the Eagles keeping to the game plan and forcing the men from Moore on the back foot, penalty to Oswestry, quick tap ball from Hamish fuller sent the backs into try mode with Sam Wright, Andy Merrett, taking control of the centre and dominating play, once again the sprightly Zac Baldwin using his vast knowledge of the game urging his forwards closer to the Moore try line, got the try he wanted, with Fin Grogan converting 7 points
With his team in full swing Gaz Barrett replaced Andy Smith and Zac Baldwin, with Josh Tsang and Fletcher Yuoen Owens giving the forwards some fresh legs. Now saw Oswestry again defending against a strong Moore attack but time and again the Eagles proved solid and the men from Moore could not penetrate the Oswestry defensive line.
With Oswestry in total control further tries from, Diean Lloyd Hughes, James Booth and Jamie Luckett brought the score to 60-0. You can say that the gentlemen from Moore held their heads up and continued to play well, but the strength, fitness and superb handling in the wet and muddy conditions from the Oswestry Men proved too much for Moore.
The Lanyon Bowdler man of the Match - Diean Lloyd Hughes.
The final whistle blew and the supporters applauded Oswestry for a fantastic game of rugby and also the losers Moore for valiantly trying to get that elusive try.
Next Week The Eagles travel to the Isle of Man to play Ramsey, this will be a tough test and the Oswestry team 3rd in the Cheshire South league must go for a win, the top three teams now only 4 points difference and a game in hand for Oswestry.
Sat 7th Nov Oswestry v Trentham - Guru
Eagles win in a tough game against Trentham.
With the new league organisation Trentham who unfortunately where relegated last season found themselves back in the game playing against nearly the same teams as last season.
However Trentham where not the same team, with a defensive mistake in the first minute by Oseestry, Trentham scored an excellent try and converted.
Game on and the Eagles started to put pressure on Trentham with excellent ball,play and handling, from one of these plays after Trentham giving away a penalty in their half the Eagles machine took control with an off load from James Booth to the already moving to the ball Luca Yuoen Owens smashing through the Trentham defence to score in the corner,
Now the Eagles with there tails up started to create great runs with the mauls and quick ball from the ruck running the Trentham defence all over the pitch, but trying to stop the onslaught ..Oswestry got the the Trentham 5 metre line mauling and rucking in excellent phases Hamish Fuller and his forwards getting ever nearer then with Luke Hassall, Mike Davies, Guy Roberts Andy Smith the giant powerhouses in the Oswestry pack, took Luke Hassall over the try line and scored a magnificent effort
The game now developed with Oswestry putting Trentham on the back foot Valiantly defending the Oswestry machine on full power, looking for the gaps in the defence, lots of penalties been given for offside and hands in the ruck from both sides.
Then with a great move from Gaz Hughes offloading to Andy Merrett the power house in the centre pushing the ball out the the wingmen and again the man Luca Owen Yuoens looking to break through the Trentham defence, did it again and scored near the posts, this time your Fin Grogan converting the try.
A galvanised Trentham came back on in this second half after having been given a good talking to by the coach and put pressure on the Eagles by kicking into the corner on a downward slope, and gaining distance into the Oswestry half, with Oswestry defending outstandingly to stop Trentham scoring, which evolved in a few handbags being thrown with the home side getting more and more frustrated with no score coming their way.
Lots of penalties being given away by the Oswestry men now and Trentham with the advantage Gaz Barratt made changes to the pack to help influence the game with Scott Double and Jamie Jamie Tsang coming on to bulk the pack.
Another Penalty and James Booth off for 10 minutes Oswestry down to 14 men and defending like men possessed to stop again this revitalised side from Trentham.
James Booth back on and a sigh of relief to help soak up the pressure from Trentham , now the Eagles had enough of this and started to put great play together pushing Trentham back to their try line, then with great pressure bury the Oswestry Pack TRY AND PRESSURE OFF, no conversion.
With only a few minutes left the Trentham side desperately wanted this consolation try and reverted to some tactic that perhaps where not the rules of the game ..but the Oswestry men took it on the chin and relentless pressure from Trentham, even getting two of the Oswestry men sent off for dubious penalties, left them with thirteen men to defend .
time up and Oswestry gained bonus points in this match getting neare to the top of the league .
Next week Oswestry entertain Moor at home another great game on, come down and watch your Local Rugby team and enjoy a beer or two at out fantastic club .
Sun 1st Nov Under 13's -
Telford RFC U13s 7 Oswestry RFC U13s 24
Oswestry RFC U13s travelled to Telford RFC with a small squad due to Half Term unavailablity. A bare 15 of the squad were available but were bolstered by 2 excellent Under 12 players, Jacob Jones & Louis McKenzie.
The game was split into 4 quarters if 15 minutes each and from the first whistle to the last, Oswestry dominated this game against a much bigger team with the Young Eagles fired up from the start, ready to build on their great performance last week at the Ellesmere College Festival.
The first 2 quarters saw surging runs from Martin Petrov, Fergus Downes. ioan Delahay and Connor Griffiths backed up by impressive support play from Jacob Davies-Christopher, Josh Peake, Rhys Llywarch and Jack Todman. The home side could not live with the pace and aggression shown by the Oswestry forwards, marshalled by their Captain at scrum half, Jacob Munro. This pinned their hosts back in their own 22 for the majority of both the first quarters and allowed Munro to unleash his backs. Fly Half Aidan Lindsay masterfully pushing the ball out to the pacey three quarters, Luke Hodgson, Jonas Pearson-Wright, Harry Martin and Luke Gambroudes. All taking it in turn to punch holes in the home defence.
When Telford did get their hands on the ball they were cut down by excellent tackling, especially from the patrolling Oswestry Full Back, Morgan Drury.
The Oswestry enslaught resulted in a bulldozing run by Petrov who was then driven over the line by his pack for the first try, converted by Lindsay.
Telford to be fair worked hard to get back into the game, sending wave after wave of attacks at the Oswestry defence which eventually relented allowing the home side to score a converted try.
Disappointed at this lapse in concentration, Oswestry powered their way back up the field, Munro feeding his big runners who drove the homeside back time and time again, whilst any sniff of possession for the home side was taken away by scything tackles from the backs. This allowed Downes to wriggle his way over the line to score an unconverted try.
7-12 at the half time break.
More of the same!
The second 2 quarters followed much the same pattern, with the Oswestry power play forcing the home side back, despite the numerous fresh players their large squad numbers allowed them to change.
Telford started to lose their discipline and give away numerous penalties, taken quickly by Munro to gain 10 yards at a time from the home side failing to retreat, with Lindsay's reliable kicking then pushing the ball into Telford territory.
Petrov and Griffiths continued powering forward, with Delahay backing them up in a fine back row performance. Not to miss out on the action, Peake stepped up and started to take the ball on backed up city consistently by his front row colleagues, Davies-Christopher & Llywarch.
Todman, who worked relentlesly took a huge hit and despite bravely soldiering on, left the field to allow young McKenzie into the fray joining in with the pack. It also saw Jones come on for Pearson-Wright who played a very good game in his Under 13 debut. Both younger boys acquitted themselves very well against older and bigger opposition and were certainly not fazed at the physicality of the game.
Downes then took the ball on at pace, outstripping numerous defenders for pace to score 2 further trys, completing a fine hatrick, one converted by Lindsay.
Telford under pressure, began to kick possession away, gathered up by Drury who hit the line several times, deftly shipping the ball on to Hodgson, who in turn timed excellent passes to Martin & Gambroudes to drive forward at pace and set up possession for Munro to feed the Oswestry Pack, pinning Telford to their own line time & time again.
The final whistle was then blown, with Oswestry deservedly winning the game by 24 points to Telford's 7.
All in all an excellent performance from each and every Oswestry player. The hard work pres-season showed with the teams fitness levels surpassing thar of thr home team even though they had the luxury of a large squad to introduce fresh legs throughout the game.
Positives: Fitness, Rucking, Aggression, Heart and Belief.
Negatived: Perhaps bring the defensive line up as a unit a little quicker and working on more complex backs moves to set up field positions and control the flow of the game.
A very proud coach!
Sun 25th Oct Under 12's -
Under 12’s match report- Sunday 25th October
Sandbach 10-25 Oswestry
A superb win by the Eaglets against a bigger Sandbach side.
Oswestry were soon on the scoresheet when the ball was zipped out by the ever improving Huw Logsdail to Jacob Jones who ran around the defence to score in the corner.
The 2nd was all most a copy with the forwards securing good ball and Jacob again showing silky running skills to brush off tacklers to score. Joe Hidden then poached the 3rd try when he danced through the defence and ran clear. He also tackled well all game and was awarded Man of the Match by the coaches.
The forwards were showing good technique always securing the ball on the ground and Owen Roberts showed good hands, with one of his passes finding Dewi Jones who ran into the corner to score.
Sandbach had some powerful forwards and they rumbled over for a try before their best player in the centre had an excellent run and went over the line to score too. Tyler Thomas had a safe pair of hands on the wing ably supported by Eve in the centres. The last minute saw Dewi Jones score another in the corner after Freddie Oakley turned over the ball and it was fed out wide quickly.
Jack came off near the end after playing well in his first game , the coaches Sam and James were so delighted with the win that they have given themselves a week off next Sunday
Well done everyone- to win at a big well organised club is a big confidence booster.
Sun 25th Oct U18 Colts -
Crewe and Nantwich 14 Oswestry 3
The Colts travelled a bit light with quite a few forwards missing through injuries and holidays,Crewe had a big set of forwards and they trounced Os in the scums and the lineout so Laurence Hitchen had a hard day at scrumhalf.The first 10 minutes saw Crewe push hard at the Os line but Os held their line,Oswestry then started running the ball into the Crewe half.Os pressure created 3 penalaties but the kicks were off target.Thomas Henry and John Wills almost got a try in the corner but a penalty against them saw the chance go begging but the pressure continued and Harri Jones slotted over a penalty to give Oswestry a 3 nil haftime lead but maybe it should have been more.
Crewe were kicking downhill and started to use their bigger forwards to maul forward and they were held up over the line twice before they finally touched down.Harry Rowley enjoyed himself in the forwards and George Done tackled well in the centres,Tom Kershaw was also showing solid form in the forwards
Liam Williams had 2 great runs on the wing but a last ditch tap tackle by his opposite number saved a try,then the centre from Crewe scorched through a gap in the Os line to score the winning try under the posts
Next week no game,they welcome bottom of the league side Kendal
Sat 24th Oct Oswestry First Team 20 - 7 Heaton Moor 1sts - Mike Owen
With Oswestry and Heaton Moor lying in third and fourth place respectively in the league this was always going to be a tight encounter. The Eagles pressured the visitors from the kick-off with Zak Baldwin chasing the kick and forcing a knock on and the first scrum put in to Oswestry.
Continued attacks in the oppositions 22 were rewarded with an early penalty to Oswestry but the kick at goal by Fin Grogan was carried wide by the strong wind.
Heaton kicked long at the restart into the waiting arms of the Eagles winger, Jamie Luckett, who made a powerful run back towards the oppositions half evading several tackles and linking up with his backs putting fullback, Luca Owen-Youens, into space but stopped 10 metres short of Heatons try line.
Heaton defended well and were awarded a penalty for Oswestry not releasing. After kicking for touch the visitors out maneuvered the Eagles at the line-out to set up an excellent driving maul gaining 30 metres and penetrating the Eagles 22 metre area for the first time.
Oswestry soaked up ten minutes of intense pressure from Heaton but the home side's well organised defence held strong and they eventually managed to relieve the pressure when Heaton were penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown allowing Grogan a great clearance kick.
The first 30 minutes was played at a blistering pace with the Eagles back-row combination of Zak Baldwin, Mike Davies and Fletcher Owen-Youens combining well and making some excellent carries. Cracks eventually appeared in the visitors defence when a kick from the base of the scrum by scrum-half, Hamish Fuller, was gathered by winger Hughes who gained excellent ground before popping to the supporting Luca Owen-Youens who once again used his strength to suck in a number of Heaton's defenders. The ball was quickly recycled at the breakdown to centre Andy Merritt who put in a deft inside pass to Fuller to go over the whitewash for the first score of the game which was duly converted by Grogan to give the Eagles a 7 point lead. Heaton were not for lying down and upped their game for the final 5 minutes of the half but stout defending by the Eagles backs, including centre Dan Morgan making his 1st team debut at just seventeen.
With only a few minutes left Oswestry now started to push Heaton again making them pedal backwards and some excellent interplay saw Heaton give away another penalty, Fin converting, making it 10 -0 ...the whistle blew and Oswestry maintained their lead..
The first opportunity for points in the second-half went to Heaton when Oswestry were penalised again for not releasing but the attempt at goal sailed wide. Although the Eagles struggled at the line-out against the very well drilled opposition they more than made up for it at the scrum with Man of the Match, Guy Roberts causing his opposite number all sort of problems at the set piece. When the Eagles were awarded a penalty for Heaton collapsing at the scrum, quick thinking Fuller went for a tap and go, off loading to Merritt who came in on a great line to penetrate Heatons 22 metre area. When Heaton again succumbed to the pressure of the Oswestry front-row of Hesketh, Tsang and Roberts, Grogan made no mistake with the penalty opportunity increasing the lead by 3 points. Before the restart Oswestry made some tactical changes with skipper Andy Smith taking to the field to replace Tsang in the front-row and Dave Morris coming on for Luke Hassall in the second row.
A scrum given away again by Heaton close to the Heaton tray line saw the Eagles again recycle the ball with deft off loading by Fuller and his forwards then to Chris Hesketh who had seen the white line of the Heaton try line dive over with a majestic flourish of triumph to increase the Oswestry score ..young Fin missed the conversion.
Now with Heaton fired up to get their position in this match to an even keel saw great play by the men from the North, creating great rugby and pushing the Eagles to defend ..but close to the Oswestry line Heaton created a great try under the posts by finding the gap with some clever and quick passing down the line to score ..converted
Now with only minutes to go Oswestry where pushing the whole team forward looking for the bonus points with tries ..at this time one of the Heaton men was sin binned, putting even greater pressure on then selves with 14 men...with another Scrum Oswestry off loaded the ball to the giant full back Luca Owen Yuoens who started on his run skittling the Heaton defence like a ball down the alley ..excellent offload to Jamie Luckett who was following Luca like a man possessed Jamie scored wide...not converted.
Now !! Only seconds left and that 4th try was looming for the Oswestry men ..young Fin got the ball running through the Heaton defence ....tackled ball out ..FINAL WHISTLE ..
What a great game by two excellent teams who played the game with professionalism and tenacity ..
Next week No game on at the park ..but the world CUP FINAL WILL BE ON AT YOUR CLUB ??
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Sat 17th Oct Oswestry 1sts v Marple 1sts - Guru
Eagles win over a strong Marple team..
Oswestry started off with aggression and speed in the attack ..with Fin Grogan putting a sweet grubber kick through the Marple defence in the first minute..Nick Clay nearly scoring ....that was the impetus for the Eagles to start playing some great rugby, with the forwards driving through and the backs creating superb interplay.
Penalty Oswestry with the Marple defence desperately trying to stop the Eagles scoring ..
Fin Grogan converting
Again the Oswestry men pushing Marple to the back feet .Hamish Fuller driving his team forward with Captain Andy Smith shouting the moves and willing Oswestry to get the first try ...Luke Hassall finding the gaps in the Marple defence with the Oswestry backs performing to a high standard in their play with Andy Merrett, Gaz hughes, making sweet offloads to the wings joking to crack this Marple side ..but again Marple gave away another penalty and the dependable boot of Fin slotting the ball between the posts..
The giant full back Luca Youen Owens making penetrating runs at the Marple defence caused some havoc and fantastic play again from Oswestry, penalty again to the Eagles, Hamish fuller quick tap offload to the already speeding Andy Smith ..TRY !! and another conversion from Fin Grogan .
Now Marple had had enough and started to put some very good moves together attacking the Eagles defence, however the men from Oswestry where determined not to let the men from the North through ..another Penalty given away by Marple gave the Eagles a breather and the dependable boot of Fin kicked into touch putting the Marple boys on the back foot..
Half time ..
Oswestry gave away a silly penalty and Marple took the opportunity to slot the ball through the Posts
Then with again excellent play by Oswestry ..penalty ..quick tap by Hamish fuller another TRY straight through the gap ..Fin not converting
The game at this point became a game of two halves with neither side able to penetrate defence. And to many penalties being given by both sides..the ref calling back play when in all fairness Oswestry or Marple could have made this half more exciting if they could have just got on with the game and not being called back .....
With players from both side being replaced CONGRATULATIONS go to Thomas Jones an under 18 Oswestry Colt for his first game for Oswestry 1sts ... Tom started with some excellent tackling and a try saving tackle on the big Marple winger ..also nearly scoring himself with a cheeky kick on past the Marple defence...well done Tom.
The Lanyon Bowdler Man of the match goes to the everlasting 7 Zac Baldwin ..his tireless tackling and work rate is outstanding and well deserved ..
Also, Lottie Beard our excellent physio keeping our boys on the pitch with her professional attitude ...
Next week Oswestry are at home to Heaton Moor a team we have never played before and are doing well in the South Cheshire League..
Keep an eye out for news and fixtures on our New website ..
Sat 26th Sep Oswestry First Team 27 - 7 Knutsford 1sts - Guru
Eagles traveled away to KNUTSFORD to play a team never played before, Knutsfords form in the league not good, so looking for another win in Cheshire South.
But once again never underestimate your opposition ..which in all fairness Eagles play every game with intent to win ...Knutsford started well defending the Eagles attacking play..however with a small pitch unleashing the two wingers Jamie Luckett and Nick Clay was proving difficult, so play was taken up midfield with Oswestry dominating ..
With young Fin Grogan in good form ..clearing OS lines and full back Luca Owen- Yuoens running hard at the Knutsford defence, Knutsford where on the back foot for most of the play..
Lottie Beard the Oswestry Physio was needed to attend Luke Hassall with an injury, ref stopped play and Knutsford had a bit of a breather.
The Eagles took a scrum off Knutsford on there 22 mtrs line ..with Hamish Fuller snapping at their defence ..followed by superb play from the backs and forwards ..Hamish darted through a gap in Knutsford defence to score an excellent try with Mr Fintastic converting..
With minutes of the try Knutsford gave away a penalty giving Fin Grogan another chance to kick in between the posts ..and he did.
Once again the Hardy Knutsford team gathering their strength defending well against the Eagles finding it hard to get into the Oswestry half, with some good handling and kicking for touch ..but to no avail..the Oswestry men changing their tactics to confuse Knutsford pressed them hard ..
But half time saw no extra score ..
Knutsford Kick off saw the Oswestry men now looking to gain more advantage with try's ..Luca Owen-Yuoens injured with Lottie taking him off the field...again Knutsford giving away silly penalties ..gave Fin another chance to increase the points ..converted !
Now the game took on another level with the Eagles dominating play trying for the try's they needed ..it was during an excellent passage of play with Andy Smith the Oswestry Captain leading the way with some devastating pick up and drive through the Knutford defence lines ..great interplay from Zac Baldwin Jamie Luckett with an offload to Mike Keaveny bursting through the Knutsford defence ..with Nick Clay following for that try scoring pass .. and it was a great team try ..with Nick Clay outpacing the Knutsford defence to score ..with Fin Grogan converting
Knutsford now trying to get back in the game ..pressed the men in red to their try line and with the Knutford supporters howling for them to get a try !! They did with a great team effort ..converting the try ..
OS now looking to score more try's again controlling play with Knutsford on the back foot ..Oswestry dominating forward play on the Knutsford 5 Mtr line saw a tremendous drive over the line for Mike Davies to score with Fin again converting
Full time and the Eagles just missing out an a bonus point ..but still Top of the Cheshire league.
Look forward to a home game this coming Saturday against Linley ..
Sat 26th Sep Oswestry 3rds 31-24 Helsby -
The Chester side, who were top of the league, came looking for a win got an unlucky bounce of the ball with the 3rds fielding a strong side for the home fixture when Os edged their first win of the season. It was a terrific game of rugby on a hot afternoon.
Helsby started brightly and their team work was evident with great interplay amongst their team but a James Anderson penalty saw the Eagles get first blood.
Helsby soon struck back when their strong running forwards blasted through the defence to score under the posts. This was followed by a poor penalty kick out of defence and Helsby passed the ball out wide and a brilliant pick up off his toes by their winger saw him scorch over the white-wash. Oswestry were undeterred with young scrum half Jake Smith in defiant mode from a lineout, fed the impressive Dan Munro who launched himself over the line.
Failing to find touch with a penalty kick again let Helsby take a grip on the game and they recycled the ball until Oswestry ran out of defenders and they scored to give them a 21-10 lead at the break.
Fresh Oswestry legs helped proceedings after the break, but tempers on both teams started to fray, the ref did an excellent job and kept order, but the indiscipline helped the home side get the upper hand. A line out on the 5 metre line saw the forwards rumble over the line with Kris Chatfield coming up with the ball.
Helsby were starting to rock and despite having a chance to go for another try they took a penalty in front of the posts to gain a 7 point lead.
Craig Howell was itching to get on the field and when Oswestry had a penalty near Helsby’s line he tapped the ball and side stepped through the defense to score.
The game was finally balanced with the scores level but Oswestry wanted the win and despite losing Graham Fox to a nasty rib injury, they powered up field and Fletcher Youens, who has come up through the junior section, took the ball and defenders over the line for the winning score.
Oswestry managed to hold out for the last 5 minutes to frustrate the visitors and take the victory.
Sat 12th Sep Away to Congleton 3 - 23 - Guru
The Eagles traveled to Congleton in the newly formed South Cheshire league, a team they have never played before..
With high expectations after last weeks big win over Ashton the Eagles came up against a completely different team, Congleton from the KO pressed the Oswestry defence looking for a quick try or penalty..but Eagles held firm and a great clearance kick from young Fin Grogan put Os back in the firing line, probing the Congleton defence , with some good rucking and pick up ball pushing Congleton to their try line ...
Congleton weathered the Oswestry onslaught with a fine clearance Kick from their 15, then with some good hands and offloading Congleton again drove the Eagles back on their try line.
With a penalty against OS Congleton decided not to Kick for Goal, but a 5 mtr Scrum drove the Eagles back again.. Magnificent defending with a held up ball on the Os try line stopped Congleton from scoring the first try ....
Os rebounded with a penalty and Fin cleared to the half way line ..with Os again attacking the Congleton defence ..Luca Owen-Yuoens and Nick Howland testing the backs with superb strong runs leaving the Congleton boys mesmerised ..but again Congleton held Os.......
Hamish Fuller and his forwards had to make some tremendous tackles to stop the Congleton boys from escaping their try line ..it was during this phase that Jonny Lee sustained an injury and Josh Tsang came on as replacement ..
Fin kicked for touch and from the throw in the Eagles where given a penalty which Fin Converted.
3-0 to the Eagles nearing half time and bot teams giving no quarter Congleton where awarded a penalty close to the Eagles 20 mtr line ..Congleton slotted this one ...
3-3 HALF TIME !!!
Second half started with the Eagles upping their game with some excellent handling, offloading and scrummaging, quick ball from the ruck gave Os advantage with Congleton on the back foot giving another penalty away with the dependable Fin slotting it through the posts
But!!! Congleton in all fairness where no team to surrender to the Oswestry attack, they turned to attacking the centre and a few handbags where thrown around with the ref giving both packs a slap on the hand !! Which resulted in a yellow card been given to Congleton.
Penalty to the Eagles ..slotted again by Fin
The Oswestry machine now started to take control of the ga,e with Congleton trying to penetrate the OS half to no avail ..with some superb handling by the backs, starting with a Hamish Fuller rocket pass to 10 Fin along the line through the safe hands of Andy Merrett, Gaz hughes then onto the strong running of Jamie Luckett to score a superb try!! With Fin kicking for two extra points ..
16-3 to OS
The game now turned with a few minutes left with the superior fitness of the Eagles telling on the Congleton players ..who non the less played valiantly and kept their heads up ..
But with another quick ball from the ruck letting loose the backs ..along the line to the fleet of foot Nick Howland jinking his way through the Congleton backs to score another great try For OS with fin converting
Final score 23-3 to the Eagles.
Next week Oswestry Eagles entertain Dukenfield a game with the top half of the league looking tight is a game to win !!
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