Doncaster 30 – 0 Oldham

Date published: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

AFTER a terrific performance in defeat at Swinton, Roughyeds went back to square on Sunday (June 5) when we were hammered 30-0 at Doncaster.

It has to be said that this was one of our poorest performances of the season and one that was similar in many respects to the defeat we suffered against South Wales Scorpions in Caerphilly three weeks ago.

We have now suffered three league defeats in a row and we are still without a win away from home in all competitions this year — an amazing turnaround from last year when we had the distinction of being the only team in the division to win every single league game on our travels.

In our last win, against Doncaster at home on May 1, we rattled up 46 points but against the same side on their ground we rarely looked like scoring.

We had little to offer on attack against a Dons outfit that defended superbly and with outstanding commitment. Their forwards knocked us about and forced us into countless errors. We also contributed significantly to our own downfall by making elementary mistakes such as failing to find touch with a penalty and getting penalised for passing off the floor after the tackle had been completed.

The penalty count was a staggering 9-2 in Doncaster’s favour. The first five penalties of the game went the Dons’ way and that helped them to a 12-0 lead inside 20 minutes, with tries by Scott Spaven and Chris Spurr, both converted by Spaven.

[singlepic id=695 w=320 h=240 float=left]One hoped we could regroup at half-time and play significantly better in the second half, but it wasn’t to be. Futhermore, we suffered further injuries with Ben Heaton having to go off with a rib injury after saving a certain Dons try and Neil Roden following him soon afterwards after taking a knock to the head.

Roden was hurt while defending in the move that led to Dean Colton scoring a third Dons try midway through the second half, again converted by Spaven.

[singlepic id=692 w=320 h=240 float=right]By this time Marcus St Hilaire had been switched to full-back and Danny Whitmore was partnering Carl Forber at half-back, but nothing went right for Roughyeds, whose defence was almost non-existent in the last few minutes when cock-a-hoop Doncaster literally strolled over the line to register two further tries by Spurr with Spaven again adding the goals.

Doncaster: Butterfield; Potts, Lawton, Spurr, Colton; Spaven, Fawcett; Scott, Ely, Crawley, Robinson, Carbutt, Emmett. Subs: Kesik, Bovill, Edwards, Dee.

Oldham: Heaton; Brocklehurst, St Hilaire, Wood, Robinson; N Roden, Forber; Boults, Clough, Ellison, Isherwood, Noone, M Roden. Subs: Sutton, Stenchion, Bentley, Whitmore.

Referee: C Halloran; Att: 672.