Oldham Reserves 30 – 16 York

Date published: Sunday, April 8, 2012

WINGER Shaun Robinson’s impressive hat-trick of tries was the highlight of the Roughyeds’ Reserve team’s 30-16 win over a spirited York City Knights outfit at Whitebank last Thursday night, April 5.

Playing his second game in the second team after a three-week lay-off with a hip injury, Robbo blitzed the Knights’ defence regularly by touchline-hugging runs over distance, setting up the opening try for full-back Mark Brocklehurst and then scoring himself in the 23rd, 55th and 70th minutes.

With a performance like that he must have caught the eye of head coach Tony Benson, who had dashed to Whitebank to run the rule over the reserves after supervising first-team training at an out-of-town venue.

Other tries were scored by Danny Langtree and Matthew Fogarty, Robinson’s centre on the left flank, while Jack Reid landed two conversions and Mark Smith one.

Smith, playing at stand-off, took over goalkicking duties when hooker Reid was sin-binned early in the second half together with York’s big prop Adam Howard.

Howard was shown the yellow card for a grapple tackle and Reid for what the referee later described as a man-to-man confrontation.

Not long afterwards York were further punished when half-back Tyler Craig was also given ten minutes for dissent.

Roughyeds again conceded ten penalties — six of them in the first-half —- but coach Paul Ashton was nevertheless a much happier man than he had been at Featherstone the week before when his reserves suffered a heavy defeat.

“This was a huge improvement,” he said, “and it shows what can be achieved when we respect possession, complete sets and build pressure. If our execution had been better and we had taken all our chances we would have scored a few more tries.”

Team: Brockleshurst; Nield, Rigby, Fogarty, Robinson; Smith, Noon; Joy, Reid, Gilchrist, Langtree, Hinsley, Dean. Subs (all used): Ward, Bailey, Cunningham, Hughes.

The Reserves next match is also at Whitebank on Thursday, April 19 against Sheffield Eagles with an 8pm kick off.