Oldham res v Widnes res

Date published: Friday, July 16, 2010

Roughyeds reserves suffered a setback in the race for a Reserves Championship play-off spot when beaten 36-12 at Widnes last night.

The score was 12-12 at half-time, but Vikings got well on top in the second half when wind and rain made handling hazardous.

Within two minutes of the restart the home side stretched their lead to 18-12, but Roughyeds hung in there, only one score in arrears, until the last 13 minutes when Widnes scored three more converted tries.

Trailing 18-12, Roughyeds looked likely to score when winger Lewis Brooks chased Mick Diveney’s kick to the corner only to be obstructed off the ball and pushed into touch by a desperate defender.

Widnes were penalised, but their defence held firm and that was the last seen of Roughyeds as an attacking threat.

Kashley Watkins and Alistair Williams scored the Oldham tries in the first half, while Diveney kicked with precision to convert both of them, one off either touchline.

Full-back Ross Coates, who had a sound game on attack, played a major role in the build-up to Williams’s try.

Due to injuries and holidays, coach John Hough had to make several changes, these including the call-up of first-team forwards Dave Ellison and Valu Bentley and a debut for new-boy Jabe Dennis on the left wing.

Team: Coates; Brooks, Kellet, Williams, Dennis; Diveney, Connick; Bentley, Mansfield, Ellison, Ward, Watkins, Smith. Subs: Barrowclough, Cadd, Mellor, Lowe.

Said Hough: “We don’t become a bad side overnight. The problem was we didn’t adapt to the conditions.

“It was 12-12 when the rain came, after which we gave away a lot of penalties and lost loads of ball. Our completion rate was very poor.”