Oldham RLFC 4 – 30 Rochdale Hornets

Date published: Monday, June 25, 2012

WE slipped to another defeat at Whitebank on Sunday (June 24) when our derby rivals Rochdale got well on top in the second half to finish with five tries overall and thus complete a league double over us.

They won the toss and elected to play up the slope and against the wind, but we were unable to capitalise on those advantages in the first half when we turned round with a 4-6 deficit, not a good situation psychologically.

Worse was to follow because Rochdale’s kick off at the start of the second half went dead and we had to surrender what should have been our possession and gave them an early chance to ram home their advantage.

Each side scored one try apiece in the first half, winger Jonny Leather going over for Hornets for a try which Paul Crook goaled. Roughyeds replied when Neil Roden sent in Miles Greenwood, but our debut boy from Leeds Rhinos on dual registration, Daniel Smith, kicked just wide of the posts.

The second half, it has to be said, belonged to Hornets, who made the most of wind and slope. They scored four more tries by Wayne English, Phil Braddish and two by Leather, who thus completed his hat-trick as we slipped to our heaviest league defeat of the season.

Oldham: Greenwood; Onyango, Roche, McCully, Gillam; N Roden, Whitmore; Boults, Clough, Reed, Noone, P Smith, Bentley. Subs: Ward, Thompson, Ellison, D Smith.

Hornets: English; Bloomfield, Gorton, Stewart, Leather; Crook, Roper; Newton, Hough, Cookson, Samuel, Middlehurst, Donoghue. Subs: Baines, Bowman, Fitzpatrick, Braddish.

Referee: J Cobb; Att: 599.