Keighley Reserves 16 Oldham Reserves 8

Date published: Friday, June 22, 2012

OUR reserves lost 16-8 at Keighley on Thursday night (June 21), conceding silly penalties, missing scoring chances and failing to turn sustained pressure into points.

Props Jamie Acton and Phil Joy each got through a phenomenal amount of work on a pitch holding water, but Acton blotted his copybook by getting himself sin-binned just before half-time for deliberately slowing up Cougars at a 20-metre tap restart.

Roughyeds defended magnificently in his absence to keep their line intact, but the amount of tackling they had to do in the first half perhaps had an adverse affect later in the game when the visitors failed to score in the second half.

Keighley scored three tries, each of them from kicks by scrum-half Ben Stead. His kicking game, appreciably better than anything Roughyeds could produce, was the one big difference between the sides.

Joy, Acton, hooker Kenny Hughes and second-row pair Danny Langtree and David Cookson didn’t deserve to end up on the losing side, although Roughyeds disappointed when it came to turning pack power into points.

A Langtree try and two goals by Steve Nield gave Oldham a half-time lead of 8-6 with the benefit of the Cougar Park slope still to come, but Cougars soaked up loads of pressure and then twice struck back with tries on the counter attack.

In stark contrast, Roughyeds had two clear-cut scoring chances down the left flank, and fluffed them both.

Team: Lloyd; Worrall, Nield, Murphy, Bridge; Connick, Noone; Joy, Hughes, Acton, Cookson, Langtree, Moran. Subs: Foreman, Mansfield, Cunningham.