Oldham RL under-20’s

Date published: Monday, March 4, 2013

DAVID Cookson was in try-scoring mood on his return from a six-months RFL ban in the Oldham under-20s team’s 28-14 defeat at Leigh.

He capitalised on a kick rebound to score the first of three Roughyeds tries and then had another strong effort disallowed in the second half when the visitors were generally on top.
They trailed 22-4 at half-time, after conceding five penalties and making numerous handling errors, but they improved immeasurably in the second half when most of the action was played in Leigh’s half of the field.
Stand-off Tom Flanagan scored a second Oldham try wide out on the right and it was no more than Roughyeds deserved when Cookson’s co-centre Tyrone Parsonage added a third which Steve Woods converted from the left touchline.
At that stage, having pulled back to 22-14, Roughyeds looked capable of giving Leigh a fright in the last ten minutes or so, but the Centurians launched a rare attacking raid on the back of two penalties and took the game out of Oldham’s reach with a late try from dummy half by hooker Aaron Lloyd.
Second-row pair Sam Hughes and Brad Hargreaves worked tirelessly in the Oldham pack, but the team played well as a unit in the second half, watched by head coach Scott Naylor and his assistant Lee Spencer.
Said coach Phil Costin: “We came back well after half time and that pleased me a lot. We were the better side for most of the second half, during which we played some good football, scored two tries and had another two good efforts disallowed.
“There was certainly something to build on, given that this was our first Merit Table fixture after only one pre-season run-out.”
Oldham scorers: goal, Woods; tries, Cookson, Flanagan, Parsonage.
Team: Halsall; Woods, Cookson, Parsonage, Whitfield; Flanagan, Fitzsimmons; Joy, Ball, Hudson, Hughes, Hargreaves, Ashcroft. Subs: Hall, Sargeant, Morris, Ward.