Oaks make emphatic return with try blitz

Ollie Baines breaks from the scrum to score for Oakham photo: Neil Paterson
Ollie Baines breaks from the scrum to score for Oakham photo: Neil Paterson
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OAKHAM routed bottom side Ashby on their return to action in the Midlands 2 East (North) at The Showground on Saturday.

The Oaks ran in a dozen tries as they dusted off the cobwebs to record a 71-12 victory in their first league match since December 11.

Adam Stimson, on the break, scored four tries for Oakham against Ashby

Adam Stimson, on the break, scored four tries for Oakham against Ashby

Ashby were Oakham’s closest rivals last season, with both sides promoted during the Oaks’ title winning season in the third flight, but since then Ashby have struggled and Oakham capitalised, waltzing to a 37-0 half-time lead.

They allowed Ashby to score two poorly defended tries in the second half but kept up the pressure at the other end to pick up bonus points for their try count.

Coach Mark Powell said: “It was not champagne rugby but they did the basics right and started well.

“I was pleased with some of the players who had put a bit of weight on. They put in a good performance. Overall it was not bad after a layoff of four weeks.

“The only disappointing fact was that they scored two tries because we did not start the second half as we should have done.”

Surprised by how Ashby folded, the Oakham coach added: “I was a bit disappointed with them but they are an ageing team and did not have their Loughborough students out.

“This week (away at Aylestone St James) will be tougher. Their three-quarters are not great but they have a big scrum. The biggest problem will be the size of their pack.”

Powell has also lost a trio of Oaks who have departed for university or gap year travels.

Ollie Baines, Charlie Morgan and George Reid are all unlikely to be available for the remainder of the season but Powell was encouraged by a number of strong performances against Ashby including man of the match Martin Stimson, who scored the opening try.

He also praised Angus Boyle whose quick thinking led to a try from eight yards out and the interplay between the forwards and backs that set up Tom Burton’s first half try.

Powell thanked match sponsors Warwick Forryan, Andrew Moyce and John Barson.

Oakham’s tries were scored by Adam Stimson with four tries, Martin Stimson and Mark Matthews with two each and single tries for Tom Burton, Angus Boyle, Tom Armstrong and Ollie Baines. The remaining points came from the boot of Mark Matthews.

l OAKHAM’s 2nd XV lost 24-22 to Hinckley in a friendly match in a game Powell said they “should have won”.

The 2nd XV return to league action at home to Birstall this weekend.

Midlands 2 East (North)

P W D L F A BP Pt

Mkt Rasen 10 9 0 1 352 96 9 45

Loughborough 10 8 0 2 307 162 8 40

Aylestone St James 10 7 1 2 269 111 6 36

Oakham 10 7 0 3 269 152 6 34

Mkt Bosworth 10 6 1 3 241 167 6 32

Melton Mowbray 9 5 0 4 217 135 7 27

Belgrave 9 5 0 4 189 165 6 26

Nottingham Moderns 10 2 2 6 189 294 4 16

Bakewell Mannerians* 9 4 0 5 179 231 3 14

West Bridgford 10 1 1 8 112 360 1 7

Lincoln 10 0 1 9 134 349 1 3

Ashby 9 1 0 8 101 337 1 0

* Points deducted

Results: Lincoln 28 - 28 Nottingham Moderns, Market Bosworth 11 - 20 Aylestone St James, Melton Mowbray 7 - 14 Loughborough, Oakham 71 - 12 Ashby, West Bridgford 5 - 41 Market Rasen & Louth.