Hunslet 18 – 18 Scholarship

Date published: Thursday, July 14, 2011

A last-minute penalty goal by Craig Lawton earned Oldham RL Club’s Extended Scholarship under-18s side a creditable 18-18 draw at Hunslet last night (July 13) .

Loose-forward Lawton, a Widnes boy, took over the goalkicking duties when regular marksman Tom Shaw went off injured and his three goals from three attempts, including a fabulous conversion from the right-hand touchline, were key elements of Oldham’s performance.

Prop Jordan Morris, replacement scrum-half Brett Greenwood and Lawton all caught the eye for Oldham, who were also well served by full-back Danny Peet.

Peet covered superbly to pull off two try-saving tackles on pacy wingers in the second half before being despatched to the sin-bin for holding down with six minutes left on the clock.

While he was off the field, Hunslet scored their third converted try to go 18-16 in front with only five minutes left, but never-say-die Oldham rallied superbly and levelled things up with ice-cool Lawton’s last-gasp penalty from long range.

Roughyeds were penalised 14 times to Hunslet’s five —- a statistic which gave the Hawks a big advantage in terms of possession and field position — but coach Phil Costin’s boys scored tries by centres Nick Ryan and Chris Jarvis, while adding a third in the second half by winger Conal Bevan

On the end of a sweeping, crossfield move, Bevan looked certain to be pushed into the corner flag, but he kept his balance and somehow touched down before he was bundled over the touchline.

Oldham scorers — goals, Lawton (3); tries, Ryan, Jarvis, C Bevan.

Team: Peet; C Bevan, Jarvis, Ryan, Eastup; Shaw, N Bevan; B Breheny, A Morris, J Morris, J Breheny, T Breheny, Lawton. subs (all used: White, Greenwood, Ball, Hulme).