Hit by penalties again!

Date published: Monday, August 6, 2012

AN ‘angry’ Tony Benson will be taking his Oldham RL players to task this week after another penalty-strewn defeat at Barrow.

“We had a serious discussion about it in the dressing room immediately after the game,” revealed the Roughyeds boss, whose side has slipped out of the Championship One top six after London’s win against Rochdale.

The first five penalties of the game went to Barrow and at one stage Roughyeds had been penalised 10 times to Barrow’s three. It ended up 11-7 as the Raiders capitalised on the extra possession and easy yards to win 42-16.

Benson added: “I am bitterly disappointed, angry even.

“We killed ourselves with giving away all those penalties, but we’ve talked about it and we are committed to getting it right next Sunday when Doncaster come to Whitebank.”

A few players picked up knocks, including Alex Thompson, Jamie Dallimore and Mark McCully, but the full picture on injuries will not become clear until the players report for training tomorrow.

Talking of the performance at Craven Park, Benson said: “Some players can hold their heads high.

“By and large, the men in the middle worked hard, but we were punished on the edges.”

Whitehaven’s win over Doncaster took the Cumbrians to within a whisker of clinching promotion from fourth place and also enabled Barrow to build a four-point lead at the top of the division.

Rochdale’s defeat in London sees the Skolars leapfrogging both Oldham and Rochdale into fifth place, with Benson’s men now down to seventh.

With three games to play, four clubs are striving to finish in positions five and six for the play-offs —- London, Rochdale, Oldham and North Wales Crusaders.

London (fifth) have 23 points; Rochdale (sixth) have 22; Oldham (seventh) have 22; and North Wales (eighth) have 21.