OLDHAM 22 DONCASTER 46

Date published: Monday, August 13, 2012

OUR hopes of finishing in the top six for play-off purposes suffered a setback when we were well beaten by the highest-scoring team in the division in Martin Roden’s first game in charge as caretaker boss.

We are still not out of it by any means, but we need to pick up points from our last two games against Workington and Gateshead to be in with a realistic chance of qualifying, although everything will depend on how Rochdale, North Wales and London Skolars also go on in their remaining fixtures.

Miles Greenwood grabbed a hat-trick of tries against Doncaster, each of them fashioned by Neil Roden, and near the end John Clough chipped in with another after one of several strong breaks by centre David Cookson.

Jamie Dallimore landed three conversions from four, but there was some concern about the team’s defence, given that we conceded eight tries for the second game in a row.

Doncaster crossed our line three times in the first 12 minutes and then added two more tries before half time to go into the breakwith a commanding 28-10 lead.

We cut it back to 28-16 with Greenwood’s third try just after half-time and at that stage we went close to scoring again on a couple of occasions.

The Doncaster defence held firm, however, and they then broke out of defence to score a couple of tries in ten minutes, each of them by their clever scrum-half Craig Fawcett,

That took them out to 40-16 and they added another converted try before we grabbed the consolation in the shape of John Clough’s touchdown after that strongbreak by Cookson.

Oldham scorers: goals, Dallimore (3); tries, Greenwood (3), Clough.

Oldham: Greenwood; Onyango, Cookson, McCully, Murphy; N Roden, Dallimore; Boults, Thompson, Gilchrist, Noone, Ward, Clarke. Subs: Bentley, Clough, Stenchion, Acton.

Doncaster: Waterman; Sanderson, Spurr, Walshaw, Colton; Cooke, Fawcett; Castle, Kesik, Spiers, Kelly, Emmett, Hughes. Subs: Powley, Robinson, Lawton, Edwards.

Referee: M Kidd; Att: 500