Oakham RFC beat a Biggleswade side desperate for points 39-26 away from home in the Midlands Two East South Division on Saturday.
Oakham have made a habit of dropping points against the lower sides this season so they could have done without having to re-shuffle their backline with flanker Nick Houghton switching to scrum half .
In the early exchanges Oakham’s scrum was struggling and the backs had to defend well against early attacks from Biggleswade. With 10 minutes played Oakham infringed at the breakdown and went 3-0 down following the penalty.
Oakham soon got into their stride and, following a series of attacks, Houghton revelling in his new role at scum half spotted a gap and crossed the line near the posts, converted by Nick Wackwitz. Oakham were playing well, but continued to incur the referee’s wrath at the breakdown giving away another penalty, duly accepted by Biggleswade’s excellent goal-kicker to make it 6-7.
Oakham were playing well with a fast paced off-loading game and from another attack Oakham were awarded a penalty, kicked to touch, and from the lineout drove prop Chris Carr over near the corner.
The Oaks were now on top and, following a good break by Ollie DesForges, a good series of passes saw flanker John Mitchell cross for a well worked try. However, just before the break the Biggleswade fly-half crossed for a converted try and the lead was just 13-17 at half time.
Oakham began the second half in determined mood and with just five minutes played increased their lead.
Number eight James Beanland picked up from a scrum 10-metres out to crash over, converted by Nick Wackwitz for 13-24.
Biggleswade then pegged Oakham back again following yet another penalty, 16-24.
Undeterred Oakham continued to run the ball from everywhere and full back Will Armstrong made a break from his own line before being tackled, the ball was quickly recycled to Wackwitz who evaded several tackles before scoring near the posts. Will Armstrong missed the conversion.
Oakham still continued to infringe and Biggleswade’s kicker converted again 19-29. This only seemed to spur Oakham on and, following another wonderful gliding break by Will Armstrong, his pass found Mark Woodward who had come from the opposite wing to score.
But from yet another penalty, Biggleswade kicked to the corner and drove over the line. A fine conversion from the touchline made the score 26-34.
Oakham then produced another fine move of their own as, once again, Will Armstrong ghosted through the opposition defence before sending Dave Hudson away down the wing . He was unable to evade the cover but the ball was quickly recycled for Tom Burton to be held up. Biggleswade conceding a penalty to prevent more quick ball from Oakham. A quick tap was taken and the evergreen Martyn Stimson crossed for a try which put the game beyond doubt at 26-39.