Oldham duo in “top team”

Date published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
OLDHAM duo Mo Agoro and Danny Langtree are included in the Kingstone Press Championship One team of the week on the strength of their individual performances in the 38-12 defeat at Hunslet Hawks.
Right-wing Agoro’s early try, in which he plucked a Lewis Palfrey crosskick out of the air to score in the corner, cancelled out Hunslet’s opening strike thanks to Palfrey’s superb touchline conversion.
Langtree, in the second-row, was the Roughyeds’ best forward, often pushing his nose through the collision and getting his hands free before finding team mates with quality passes.
Tony Benson’s Oxford, who come to Whitebank in Oldham’s next game on Sunday week, May 4 (3pm), also have two players in the mythical top team — Callum Mulkeen at centre and Michael Crabtree on the wing.
Oxford will be seeking their third win in a row, after seeing off York away and Gloucester at home, and will be keen to repeat their 18-16 win at Whitebank this time last year.
Of the remaining 13 leagues games after that, Scott Naylor’s men won 11 and drew one, losing only at North Wales Crusaders by two points.
A year on, four former Oldham players helped Oxford beat Gloucester 38-24 — Chris Clarke, Alex Thompson, Tommy Connick and David Ellison — and there could be a fifth on view at Whitebank if Valu Bentley is recovered from injury in time.
Top team: Haynes (York); Agoro (OLDHAM), Saltonstall (York), Mulkeen (Oxford), Crabtree (Oxford); Coleman (Hemel), Ansell (Hunslet); Houston (Hunslet), M Smith (London Sjkolars), Thomas (London Skolars), Langtree (OLDHAM), Payne (Gateshead), B Smith (Gloucester).
York full-back Jack Haynes, who had a great game in his side’s 30-26 win at Gateshead, was named Championship One player of the week.
Neil Roden’s Oldham under-20s go to Sheffield Eagles on Saturday (April 26) for a 2pm kick off. 
When beaten 38-18 by Eagles on March 22 the game was played at Sheffield Hallam University’s Sports Park, but Saturday’s re-match will be held at Hillsborough Arena, Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 4HA.