Old Grammarians 17

Pinner & Grammarians 13

PINNER & Grammarians were left raging at the officials on Saturday as they slipped to a controversial defeat to Old Grammarians.

P&Gs were infuriated by the referee’s decision to award a penalty in the first-half and to add on 10 minutes in the second, during which time OGs scored the winner.

Having fallen 3-0 behind early on, Ollie Blazey freed Richard Southam for the opening try to see Pinner turn the tables and take a 5-3 lead. Then came the first bone of contention for P&Gs.

An offence was deemed to have been committed in a ruck five metres from the visitors’ line and, while P&Gs argued it was unlikely a try could have been scored the ref thought otherwise and awarded the penalty.

Fred Riley kicked Pinner three points before the half was out to see the away side trail by two at the interval.

Blazey was enjoying a fine game for P&Gs and had his second of the day after the restart to fire his side back into the lead at 13-10, although the conversion was unsuccessful again.

It looked as though that score would be enough but, deep into stoppage time, Old Grammarians dived over for the decisive converted try to see the hosts snatch the points.

Pinner will now have to stew on this defeat until January 11, when they host Borehamwood.