Oldham RL under-20s

Date published: Monday, April 29, 2013

Despite impressive performances by Nial Bradley in the second-row and Paddy Fitzsimmons at centre, Oldham RL under-20s struggled against a crack Featherstone Rovers outfit which had demolished Keighley 80-0 the week before.

They followed up with a 52-6 win at Whitebank, leading 30-6 at half-time and scoring a total of ten tries with some outstanding attacking football.
Oldham’s only points came from a try by full-back Steven Nield, which he also converted.
Nine Roughyeds players were unavailable for selection due to injury, illness or, in two cases, holidays that were booked before they joined the club.
Four of the absentees were props and because the home side was forced to go into the game with only three substitutes there was a lot of pressure on starting front-row men Jack Sharratt and Danny Rasool, both of whom tried hard in difficult circumstances.
It wasn’t the ideal situation for 17-year-old Jack Morgan to make his debut, but he did all that could have been expected of him in a pivotal role behind a beaten pack.
Said coach Phil Costin: “Featherstone were easily the best side we’ve come up against. They were well structured and we couldn’t cope with their line speed.
“I’m far from disheartened because we were heavily depleted and we were faced by an exceptionally good side which is a class above every other club in the competition.”
Team: Nield; R Ward, Fitzsimmons, Pickerstaff, Woods; Morgan, Singleton; Sherratt, Sargeant, Rasool, Hargreaves, Bradley, Ashbrook. Subs: Foreman, Ball, Istaf.
Next match for the under-20s is against Halifax, also at Whitebank, this Friday, May 3 (7.30pm kick off) when Costin hopes to have several of his absentees available for selection again.