Bragging rights belong to Oldham

Date published: Monday, February 18, 2013

THE Law Cup remains in Roughyeds’ hands following our 22-20 win at Rochdale in a tight game that was as close as the score would suggest.

Nevertheless, it was another triumph for Scott Naylor and his new-look Oldham squad, who were able to land local derby bragging rights by retaining the cup which was last up for grabs when we triumphd at Whitebank in 2011.
Jamie Dallimore won the Oldham RL Heritage Trophy, while a former Roughyeds player, Gareth Langley, carried off the Karl Marriott Memorial Trophy after being judged the best player in a Rochdale jersey.
In a game that ebbed and flowed we opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Dallimore touched down a Lewis Palfrey kick to the posts and then added the goal.
Hornets hit back when Chris Baines scored out wide on the Hornets left side, but Gary Wheeler narrowly failed to convert from near the touchline.
Richard Lepori, making his Oldham debut at full-back, was next to score. He linked up with the attack, shouted for the pass at the right time from stand-off Lewis Palfrey, accelerated through the gap and stylishly swerved inside Benji Lloyd to score behind the posts.
Dallimore again converted, but Oldham were giving away too many penalties and making too many errors, the result of which was to give Hornets enough possession and field position with which to make the Roughyds pay.
Dave Sutton and Langley, the two Rochdale wingers, each crossed in the corner wide out, with Hornets going in the for the break on a 14-12 lead.
Scott had a few things to say to his boys at half time and he was delighted that they responded so well as to totally dominate the second half and to go into a 22-14 lead with tries by Adam Files and Michael Ward.
Naylor’s men looked to have it nailed, but in the closing minutes they were put under huge pressure by a Martin Waring try, which Chris Baines converted from the touchline.
Time was then to run out on the home side, but not before they squandered a chance to win the tie when Waring knocked on when close to the line and in the clear.
Said Naylor: “It’s great to win a trophy on your opponents ground. I am reminded by this of why I like coaching so much.
“However, I wasn’t happy at half-time so we had a few stern words about the need to get back to basics and to assume command through the forwards.
“I have a good pack and three great hookers and we used them all well in the second half to get on top and to smother the game.”
Scorers: Oldham — goals,Dallimore (3); tries, ┬áDallimore, Lepori, Files, Ward; Hornets — goals, Wheeler(1),Baines (1); tries, Baines, Sutton, Langley, Waring.
HORNETS: Lloyd; Langley, Trumper, Stewart, Sutton; Wheeler, Roper; Cookson, Speakman, Thompson,Baines, Davies, Case. Subs: Waring, Hull, Frodsham, Walker, Hand, Sheridan, Bate.
OLDHAM: Lepori; Agoro, Samuel, Nield, Bloomfield; Palfrey, Dallimore; Gilchrist, Gee, Boults, Crowley, Ward, Hobson; Subs: Roden, Files, Hughes,Tyrer,Marriott, Joy, Langtree.
Ref: P Brooke (Manchester); Attendance: 819.