Oldham Reserves 30 – 26 Halifax

Date published: Friday, April 8, 2011

LATE tries by centre Chris Headen and his winger Eddie Vaughan gave Oldham RL Reserves a hard-fought 30-26 win against Halifax at Whitebank last night.

The home side trailed 22-18 at half-time and then went 26-18 down before lively halves Jamie Dallimore and Tommy Connick inspired the fightback.

A short ball from Connick sent in the impressive Headen before Roughyeds got their noses in front with the Vaughan try, both improved beautifully by Dallimore off the right-hand touchline.

Other Roughyeds try scorers were Dallimore, winger Lewis Brookes and hooker Scott Mansfield, while Dallimore finished with five goals from five attempts.

Props Danny Langtree and Liam Bland established the platform on which Dallimore and Connick led Roughyeds to victory in a fiercely-fought contest between two evenly matched sides.

Halifax went down to 12 men when substitute forward Chris Sykes was sin-binned for a grapple tackle on Michael Cadd, while Oldham suffered similarly when Dallimore went high in the tackle.

He returned to the field to spearhead Oldham’s fightback with his wide range of kicks which terrorised an overworked Halifax defence in the last 20 minutes.

Delighted coach John Hough asked his players to prove themselves after last week’s 50-16 drubbing at Dewsbury Rams, and they did just that.

He said: “We’ve got to push on and show some consistency, starting with the visit of York City Knights to Whitebank a week on Saturday.

“I don’t think we would have beaten Halifax last year — we didn’t have enough mental toughness — so in terms of developing the squad and improving them it was a very useful exercise.

“We gave away a lot of penalties so that’s something we need to work on.”

Team: Nield; Vaughan, Headen, Hunt, Brookes; Connick, Dallimore; Langtree, Mansfield, Bland, Ward, Dean, Marsden. Subs: Barrowclough,Lynch, Cadd,Barber.