Oldham 46 London Skolars 16

Date published: Monday, June 2, 2014

ONE of our best all-round performances of the season produced a 46-16 victory at Whitebank against a very experienced Skolars side, boasting four players on dual reg from London Broncos and others of the calibre of David Williams, Mike Worrincy, Olly Purslow and Ryan Macdonald

As ever, our forwards did the spade work first and this allowed halves Brett Robinson and Steve Roper to perform the play-making roles in order to bring out the best in the backs and the wide-running second-rowers, Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree.
By playing a more expansive game, the outside backs saw a lot of ball, especially Mo Agoro on the right flank, who scored two superb tries, had another disallowed and walked off with the man-of-the-match award after a performance on attack and defence which augurs well for the second half of the season.
Mo has now scored in each of our last five games and on his current form he will have the confidence to keep the run going through what for us is the very important month of June, in which we play five games.
Dale Bloomfield, on the other flank, also had a sound, all-round game, highlighted by his last-minute try thanks to the cute play of Kenny Hughes.
Josh Crowley (2), David Cookson, Jon Ford and Nathan Mason also scored tries — eight in total — while Steve Roper kicked seven goals from nine attempts.
The game was very physical and, unusually for games featuring Oldham these days, there were a couple of separate shindigs which resulted in a total of six players, three from each side, spending time in the sin bin.
Danny Langtree, Nathan Mason and London’s Tely Pelo and Martyn Smith were first to go in the first half, followed ten minutes from time by Danny Whitmore and the visitors’ Courtney Davies.
Team: Nield; Agoro, Cookson, Ford, Bloomfield; Roper, Robinson; Joy, Whitmore, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Gee. Subs: Hughes, Ward, Tyson, Mason.
Ref: D Sharpe; Att: 486.