Oldham 31 York City Knights 30

Date published: Monday, May 19, 2014
PHEW ! What a game !  It was a toss-up which was the hotter —- the sun-trap that is Whitebank on a scorching day in May or the action on the field which saw us race into a 27-0 lead only to then concede 30 points without reply.

To cap it all, there were only three minutes left when our lads somehow summoned up the energy and the resolve to strike back up the slope in search of the winning try.
They had spent most of the second half tackling and chasing on one of the hottest days of the year and against a York side that must be one of the quickest in the division.
But Roughyeds under Scott (Naylor) have never been short of guts, determination and a never-say-die spirit and it was that which enabled them to break York hearts with a last-gasp try from Steve Nield after a defence-splitting build-up down the right flank engineered by Lewis Palfrey, Mo Agoro, David Cookson and Danny langtree.
Lewis’s perfectly-weighted kick was taken on the full by Mo at top speed. He made ground and put the ball back inside to his skipper, who moved out wide again in search of his outside runners in Cookie and Langers.
Cookie pushed forward for the line, but ran into heavy cover and put the ball inside to Langers. It was knocked down by a retreating defender and up popped Nieldy from the back to snap up the loose ball and dive over the line to send our fans wild.
So ended an amazing game which was a terrific advert for rugby league at our level and one which demonstrated once again what a terrific division this is going to be this year.
Hunslet lead, but we’re right up there with the leading pack and having played each of the ‘big two’ now we have still only been beaten once in our first seven league games.
In the York game Dale Bloomfield got a hat-trick inside 27 minutes to take his try tally for the season to eight and other tries were scored by Mo Agoro, David Cookson and Steve Nield.
Though this was unquestionably a team effort there were some eye-catching individual performances, not least by starting props Phil Joy and Michael Ward and by half-backs Palfrey and Brett Robinson.
It was Robbo’s drop goal which pushed us into a 23-0 lead inside as many minutes which was to ultimately prove the difference between the sides.
However, one mustn’t lose of the fact that York failed to convert six of their seven tries and had they landed just one more goal it would have been a very different story. Lessons to be learned indeed.
Oldham scorers: drop goal, Robinson; Goals, Palfrey (3); tries, Bloomfield (3), Agoro, Cookson, Nield.
Oldham: Nield; Agoro, Cookson, Ford, Bloomfield; Palfrey, Robinson; Joy, Whitmore, Ward, Crowley, Langtree, Tyson. Subs: Hughes, Davidson, Files, Mason.
York: Haynes; Saltonstall, Ford, Minikin, Dent; P Smith, Reynolds; Pickles, Lee, Aldous, Mallinder, E Smith, Paterson. Subs: Iley, Brennan, Backhouse, Craig.
Referee: A Gill; Attendance: 559.
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