Oldham Reserves 60 – 14 York

Date published: Friday, June 29, 2012

Full-back Steve Nield rattled up 28 points at Whitebank last night as Oldham RL reserves trounced York City Knights 60-14.

With a hat-trick of tries and eight conversions, Nield had a game to remember in a Roughyeds side that ran in 11 tries — seven of them down the slope in the second half.

Wingers Terry Bridge and Callum Mulkeen, on debut, each got on the scoresheet and further tries were scored by prop Phil Joy (2), substitute hooker Kenny Hughes, centre Greg Worrall, his co-centre Chris Murphy and loose-forward Mark Brocklehurst.

New boy Mulkeen didn’t get a running chance until near the end, but he took it with great aplomb as he sped in for a length-of-the-field try after going effortlessly around two covering defenders on the outside.

With Brocklehurst in the pack and Danny Whitmore, Jamie Dallimore and Tom Wood-Hulme on the bench, coach Paul Ashton was able to field his strongest side for weeks.

Joy and Danny Langtree, the two props, were again in great form, while Hughes capitalised on the space they created around the rucks to cause consternation in the York ranks time and again.

Team: Nield; Bridge, Murphy, Worrall, Mulkeen; Noone, Connick; Joy, Moran, Langtree, Foreman, Cunningham, Brocklehurst. Subs: Whitmore, Hughes, Dallimore, Wood-Hulme.