GATESHEAD THUNDER 12 OLDHAM 56

Date published: Monday, September 3, 2012

MARTIN Roden guided Roughyeds to their second win in three games under his command as caretaker coach and at the same time clinched a sixth-place finish in Co-operative Championship One which gives us an elimination play-off tie next Sunday, September 9, against Workington Town at Derwent Park.

He called for another big defensive effort and it was on the back of it that we laid the foundation for a ten-try attacking performance, with the touchdowns coming from Alex Thompson (3), Mark Brocklehurst (2), John Clough, Miles Greenwood, Jamie Dallimore, Phil Joy and Lucas Onyango, with Dallimore landing eight conversions from his ten attempts.

We led 22-6 at half-time, having scored four tries, and we went on to add another six in the second half as Thunder tired after their midweek win against Workington in their first league victory for two and a half years.

Thunder scored what boss Roden later desdcribed as two “soft” tries — the sort he felt his team should not have conceded if they are to aspire to the defensive standards that he is trying to instill into his charges.

We were forced to make a few changes because of injury, suspension and illness and this provided a debut off the bench for reserve team forward Phil Joy and only a second game at this level for second-row man Sam Cunningham.

Both did themselves proud with solid performances in a side in which several other players caught the eye, among them Lucas Onyango on the right wing; Michael Ward and Mark Brocklehurst on the other flank; and forwards John Clough, Chris Clarke, Alex Thompson, Danny Whitmore (his first game for weeks after injury) and Liam Gilchrist.

Oldham scorers: goals, Dallimore (8); tries, Thompson (3), Brocklehurst (2), Clough, Greenwood, Dallimore, Joy, Onyango.

Team: Greenwood; Onyango, McCully, Ward, Brocklehurst; N Roden, Dallimore; Boults, Clough, Clarke, Smith, Cunningham, Thompson. Subs: Noone, Whitmore, Joy, Gilchrist.

Referee: G Dolan; Att: 243