Oldham 68 Gloucester All Golds 24

Date published: Monday, September 8, 2014
WE finished off the regular season in style with a 68-24 win against the University of Gloucestershire All Golds which successfully completed our quest to go through an entire season at Whitebank undefeated.

We finished with nine wins and a draw, having racked up the biggest points haul in one match, 68, since our coach Scott Naylor came to the club at the start of last season.
The All Golds had little to play for, having had their last chance of a play-off spot taken from them the previous day when Hemel Stags drew at Oxford to pick up the two league points that took them out of Gloucester’s reach.
From our point of view, it was important that we bounced back strongly after our poor showing at Gateshead seven days earlier and that we won well to get supporters back on side ahead of the tough challenges that now await us in the play-off.
In all, we scored 12 tries, scored by Jon Ford (2), Josh Crowley (2), Phil Joy, Danny Langtree (2), Ben Wood (2), Michael Ward, Paddy Mooney and Dale Bloomfield, while Steve Roper kicked eight goals and Steven Nield two.
Unfortunately, we picked up injuries to both half-backs with Brett Robinson being assisted off the field in obvious pain from an ankle injury in the first half and Steve Roper walking off near the end after taking a nasty clout to his left knee.
Oldham: Nield; Clay, Cookson, Ford, Bloomfield; Roper, Robinson; Joy, Owen, Mooney, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Mason, Ward, Hughes, Wood.
Referee: A Sweet; Attendance, 437.
As third-place finishers we go to second-placed Hunslet Hawks this Friday night (8pm kick off) because the South Leeds Stadium is not available on either Saturday or Sunday.
The winners of this game go to York the following weekend, while the losers are at home to the winners of the Gateshead v Hemel clash.