Oldham 38 – 6 Rochdale

Date published: Sunday, April 24, 2011

ROUGHYEDS produced a superb performance at Whitebank on Good Friday to demolish derby rivals Rochdale Hornets 38-6 on one of the hottest days of the year so far. Building on a good win against London Skolars in their previous outing, Tony Benson’s boys defended with great desire and determination and attached with poise, precision and pace. Individually, there were outstanding performances from props Dave Ellison and Jason Boults and eye-catching moments from a lot of other players in what was essentially a huge, 17-man all-round team effort.

It was a big day also for our new loan signing Carl Forber, the Swinton Lions half-back who marked his first game in Oldham colours with a try, five goals and a hand in at least three more of our seven tries. try-time for Carl FobberMartin Roden, John Clough and Chris Clarke scored tries in the first half when Roughyeds were attacking down the slope, Forber converting two of them for a 16-0 interval lead. Roden and Clough went in from dummy half, while Clarke scored after a fortuitous rebound of Neil Roden’s kick fell into his hands and enabled him to do a spot of inter-passing with Shaun Robinson before stretching over the line to score.

Three more tries followed in the second half before Hornets scored their one and only try of the afternoon in the 65th minute; scored by Wayne English after a break by Dave Newton. The four second-half Oldham tries came like this:

47 mins: Forber’s long cut-out ball found Onyango, who pushed off Roper, moved slightly infield and fed Matthew Fogarty on the outside for a free run to the line.

56: Clough cleverly timed a perfect dummy-half pass to Boults, whose line of running took him clear up the middle.Forber got with him and took the final pass to score.

63: Boults and Forber linked up again to split Hornets open up the middle. Forber moved the ball right to Paul Noone who, in turn, found Andy Isherwood coming storming through on the burst on the inside.

77: Lucas crossed in the corner, to celebrate with some high stepping, after more good work in the build-up by Forber and Noone.

It must have been hard to judge individual awards, but the club’s official man of the match prize went to Dave Ellison, while the bubbly for the champagne moment award was given to new boy Carl Forber, not only for his first try for the club but also for his five goals and for his all-round competence on his debut.

[singlepic id=632 w=320 h=240 float=left]In making the presentations, chairman Chris Hamilton said: “Our defence was terrific and the eagerness we had to stop Rochdale getting over our line was exemplary. To concede only one try in 80 minutes of rugby in hot weather like we had today was a fantastic achievement. “Jack Doughty of Doughty’s Gym in Shaw, today’s man of the match sponsor, chose the winner and it is appropriate that the man of the match award goes to a prop — Dave Ellison. “The champagne-moment award goes to Carl Forber, who has clearly demonstrated what he can bring to our team.” The chairman also made a presentation to Neil Roden on scoring his 100th try for the club in the previous game against London Skolars. Said Dave Ellison: “It was a great performance from1 to 17. The two weeks we had without a game did us a world of good because it enabled Dogger (Martin Roden) to flog us to death. I think we have seen the benefits in our last two games against Skolars and Rochdale.

[singlepic id=624 w=320 h=240 float=right]”I do firmly believe now that we have turned the corner and that we can go on and enjoy a big season.” Said Carl Forber: “I’m not much of a speaker, but I’m made up at our win today and I would like to thank Chris Hamilton and Tony Benson for giving me the opportunity to put my boots on again.” Said Neil Roden: “It was great to get my 100th try, but it was more important, and more pleasing, that we beat the Skolars. We moved up another notch today to beat Hornets as we did. Us backs owed a lot today to the forwards in the middle. To play as they did in this heat was phenomenal.”

Added Tony Benson: “We have been working very hard and I think we saw the benefits today. We have established a platform we can work from. We can get a lot better. The defence was good, but we still have a long way to go to get to where we want to be.” Tony revealed that he had dangled the carrot of an incentive for the players to win at Whitehaven in the next match. “If we take the points,” he said, “I have promised the players that they can have a night off next Tuesday in order to recharge the batteries for the Doncaster game at Whitebank next weekend.” Andy Isherwood went to hospital after the game with a suspected collar bone problem, while several other players picked up knocks including Fogarty (hamstring), Marcus St Hilaire(hamstring) and Chris Clarke (shoulder).


Oldham –goals, Forber 5; tries, M Roden, Clough, Clarke, Fogarty, Forber, Isherwood, Onyango; Hornets — goal, Crook; try, English.

Oldham: Brocklehurst; Onyango, St Hilaire, Fogarty, Robinson; N Roden, Forber; Boults, M Roden, Ellison, Isherwood, Clarke, Noone. Subs: Clough, Bentley, Stenchion, Sutton.

Hornets; English; Bloomfield, Strong, Donoghue, Saywell; Crook, Roper; Cookson, Keaveney, Ekis, Bowman, Hobson, Ashall. Subs: McGovern, Newton, Stewart, Pyke.

Refd: Craig Halloran; Att: 876.