OSWESTRY fell short in a 14-5 defeat at Rugeley in division two of the Counties Two Midlands West League on Saturday.

The home side saw an early try ruled out but were soon chasing the game with Rugeley converting an opening try.

Rugeley continued to attack Oswestry and five minutes later doubled their advantage.

The game was broken up with a number of players from both sides suffering injuries, including debutant Oliver Pearson-Wright who was forced to make way for Ed Harrod-Wild.


Border Counties Advertizer: Action from Oswestry's clash with Rugeley. Picture bu Nick Evans-Jones.Action from Oswestry's clash with Rugeley. Picture by Nick Evans-Jones.

Sam Woolham was forced off with a head injury along with Jack Charmley at the start of the second-half with Steve Court and Oliver Francis making their Oswestry debuts.

Oswestry were much improved in the second-half and applied pressure on the hosts with the pressure finally paying off with a try from Dan Smart try.

Oswestry tried to get the second score but could not break through the good defence showed by Rugeley who held firm for the points and ensured the Eagles returned home empty handed.

Oswestry bid to put things right on Saturday when local rivals Newport are the visitors with a 3pm kick-off.