Oldham stung by Hornets

Date published: Friday, April 6, 2012

ROUGHYEDS lost their unbeaten Championship One record in a fiery derby at Spotland. They led 10-8 at half-time despite losing influential skipper Neil Roden with a severe deal leg after five minutes.

Hornets dominated a rough-house second half, however, to finish worthy winners, 18-10.

They already led 16-10 when our young forward Alex Thompson was sin-binned  after a brawl in which players of both sides traded punches. Roughyeds were awarded a penalty for a high tackle on Thommo which sparked the free-for-all but the player, and the Oldham bench, were mystified when he was shown the yellow card and everyone else stayed on the field.

The game threatened to explode again after the final hooter. Hornets forward Adam Bowman appeared to be carrying the ball to the touchline to end the game when he was pushed by John Clough and ended up in an advertising hoarding.

Referee Gary Hewer put the incident on report as the game ended acrimoniously with rival players pushing and jostling each other as they moved towards the tunnel.

If nothing else, Roughyeds got a bonus point and are now one of three clubs on ten points at the top of the table. Taking for-and-against into account Tony Benson’s men are now in third place behind Workington, the new leaders, and Barrow.

Full report and reaction to follow over the weekend.