Maxime on the mark

Date published: Thursday, August 21, 2014
French full-back Maxime Fages scored one of Oldham’s two tries in a 72-12 defeat for Neil Roden’s under-20s at Featherstone last night.
Roughyeds travelled to Yorkshire for their final game of the season with only 15 players due to injuries and work commitments.
Formerly with Carcasonne and Pia, Fages was looking for a game after coming to this area to link-up for a few weeks with his brother Theo, Salford’s French international half-back.
“He scored a good try and generally played well considering he had only trained with us once,” said coach Roden.
Richard Joy scored Oldham’s other try, while Tom Dempsey kicked two goals.
Added Roden: “Not only were we depleted in numbers, but we met a massive team that, like Leigh, are planning to go into an age-group competition for Super League clubs next season.”
Team: Fages; Dootson, Bickerstaff, Buckley-Mayall, Parr; Dempsey, J Hughes; R Joy, Ball, A Joy, Ravencroft, Partington, Singleton. Subs: Flanagan, B Roden.
Roden’s men won five of their 16 games during the season, all five of them at Whitebank against North-East Academy (48-6), the RAF (24-12), Halifax (23-22), Gloucester All Golds (58-4) and Keighley Cougars (40-22).
Other highlights of the year included the signing on professional forms of prop Richard Joy and 17-year-old half-back Tom Dempsey, the youngest player at the club.