Keighley 10 – 38 Oldham RL Reserves

Date published: Saturday, March 17, 2012

Second-row pair Danny Langtree and Craig Dean each scored a brace of tries in the Oldham RL Reserves’ impressive 38-10 win at Keighley.

Coach Paul Ashton was anxious to get his side back on track after a 38-14 defeat by Sheffield in the first league game of the season and he couldn’t have wished for a better response at Cougar Park.

“We put a lot of things right,” he said, “but there is still plenty of room for improvement, particularly in some of our decision making.”

Despite going up the slope in the first half, Ashton’s men turned round with a comfortable 22-0 lead.

The platform for this seven-try triumph was established by a strong, committed and mobile set of forwards who totally dominated the home pack in parts of the pitch.

Early on Phil Joy set the lead up front, continuing where he left off against Sheffield, and both Alex Eyres and new-boy Ben Bailey came off the bench to follow the example he set in strong and straight running

Nine forwards were used in total and all were in dominant mood. Langtree and Dean were strong finishers and there were major contributions also by Liam Gilchrist, Mark Smith and the two hookers, Scott Mansfield and Kenny Hughes.

Halves Jack Reid and Tommy Connick ran the show behind this powerful strike force and the beneficiaries were the outside backs, further tries coming from wingers Tom Rigby and Kyle Fisher and centre Matthew Fogarty.

Reid converted five of the seven tries to complete the rout.

Team: Nield; Fisher, Fogarty, Hinsley, Rigby; Reid, Connick; Joy, Mansfield, Gilchrist, Dean, Langtree, Smith. Subs: Jackson, Hughes, Eyres, Bailey.