Oldham 26 Rochdale 10

Date published: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

SCOTT Naylor’s men put their defeat at North Wales well and truly behind them to earn a well-deserved 26-10 Northern Rail Cup win against Rochdale Hornets at Whitebank — their second derby-day triumph against the old enemy in less than a month.

The Roughyeds boss decided against using dual-reg players in this one and it proved the right decision on a bitterly cold day in which the home side notched up five tries to Rochdale’s two.
Sam Gee, Mo Agoro, Jamie Dallimore (2) and Dale Bloomfield scored the tries, while Dallimore landed three goals from seven attempts.
Oldham led 10-4 at half-time, having had first use of the slope, and they worked really hard in the second half going up the slope to finish comfortable and worthy winners.
Paul Crook in the first half and Jordan Hands in the second crossed for Hornets, while Crook converted the Hands try, which cut back Oldham’s lead to 14-10 early in the second half.
The rest of the half was Oldham’s, however, with Dallimore chalking up 12 out of 16 points scored after the break, although he will be keen to put in some extra work on his goalkicking, which yielded only three successes from seven attempts to add to his no goals from three shots at Wrexham the week before.
Scott (Naylor) said he was “made up” by the win, and also by the manner in which it was achieved.
Coming so soon after a bitterly disappointing first-day defeat by North Wales, he said the character, effort and mental toughness of the Oldham players was outstanding.
He added: “I want my team to build a reputation as one which is hard to beat and that will happen if we play every game like this one.
“I know we can score points, but if we can restrict a team like Rochdale to ten points, as we did today, then we are starting to hit the right lines.
“The score will take care of itself if you play the basics right, play as a team, and make the right decisions, individually land collectively.”
Oldham will now be relying on Hornets to inflict North Wales’s first defeat in this competition when they clash in Wrexham next weekend.
Simultaneously, Roughyeds will be going all out to run up as many points as possible against the Tynesiders in the hope that Rochdale can pull it off.
There were no dual reg men in the Oldham team that beat the old enemy.
It lined up like this: Lepori, Agoro, Samuel, Nield, Bloomfield; Palfrey, Dallimore; Gilchrist, Gee, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson. Subs: Files, Tyrer, Marriott, Ward.