Gateshead Thunder 12 Oldham 44

Date published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

WE picked up our seventh win in nine outings, and cemented second place in the league, with a 44-12 win against Gateshead Thunder at Filtrona Park in South Shields.

Roughyeds produced a polished and professional first-half performance to lead 32-6 at half-time after going 12-0 up inside the first 13 minutes.

Scott Naylor’s boys scored eight tries in total —- a hat-trick by left-centre Jon Ford, two apiece for David Cookson and Sam Gee and the last one by Mo Agoro.

Despite getting sin-binned for retaliating to a three-man tackle in which he was roughed-up, full-back Richard Lepori had a great game on both defence and attack.

Lewis Palfrey also made his mark as captain and stand-off, not only by leading from the front, but by controlling the game on the back of another strong performance by the forwards. He also landed six goals and cross-kicked beautifully on the last tackle to set up no fewer than four tries.

In a vibrant and purposeful middle unit there were eye-catching performances by hooker Gee, Phil Joy, Michael Ward, Liam Thompson and debutant on-loan signing Nathan Mason, who came off the bench to impress in his first game on loan.

Wider out, second-row pair Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree also did well.

Unfortunately, the second half became scrappy and niggly, with referee Joe Cobb putting two separate incidents on report.

Nevertheless, this was another superb outcome for Roughyeds, who seem to be hitting consistently good form at just the right time to make a serious push for promotion.

Scorers: Goals, Palfrey (6); tries, Cookson (2), Gee (2), Ford (3), Agoro;

GATESHEAD: L Hardcastle; Blades, Haynes, Hiel, Brown; Parker, B Hardcastle; Payne, Nicholas, Fewlass, Cockburn, Latus, Stamp.Subs: Stoker, Borthwick, Welton, Hough.

Oldham: Lepori; Agoro, Cookson, Ford, Bloomfield; Hughes, Palfrey; Gilchrist, Gee, Joy, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson; Subs: Mason,Ward, Files, Thompson.