In form Ball bags another brace

Date published: Monday, June 2, 2014
CONSIDERING they went into the game with only two substitutes and then lost prop Paddy Mooney with a recurrence of a back problem, Oldham RL under-20s put up a spirited performance before going down 42-31 to Sheffield Eagles at Whitebank.

Their next big test is this Saturday, June 7, also at Whitebank (2.30pm) against the RAF rugby league squad which is preparing to take on the Canadian national side in Toronto.
In-form hooker Andy Ball, who scored two tries in the previous game at Barrow, followed up with another brace against Sheffield.
Scrum-half Jake Hughes added two more and loose-forward Sam Singleton also crossed the Sheffield line, while 17-year-old Tom Demspey, playing at full-back, celebrated his elevation to the pro ranks by kicking five goals.
He also popped over a drop goal to give Roughyeds the lead at 31-30 in the closing stages, but with a depleted squad Neil Roden’s boys couldn’t hold on to their lead as they ran out of steam and conceded two converted tries in the last few minutes.
Said Roden: “In terms of effort I couldn’t have asked for more. We were up against it from the start because we were short on numbers, but we scored some great tries and we were very much in it until the later stages.
“It was very much a team effort in which everybody gave that little bit extra to compensate for us having only two lads on the bench.
“We also picked up a few knocks which didn’t help.”
Team: Dempsey; Bickerstaff, R Joy, Buckley-Mayall, Kavanagh; Flanagan, Hughes; Mooney, Ball, Wareing, Turner,  A Joy, Singleton. Subs: Sargeant, B Roden.