Oldham u18’s 28 – 76 Leigh

Date published: Monday, July 9, 2012

PHIL  COSTIN, coach of Oldham RL under-18s, pulled no punches after seeing his young Roughyeds hammered 76-28 by a slick Leigh Centurions side at Whitebank on Saturday.

Leigh scored 13 tries and kicked 12 goals as the home side capitulated under the onslaught.

“To be brutally honest that was the worst display from any team I have ever been associated with,” said Costin. “I’m stuck for words, or explanations, because I can’t believe how bad we were.

“Individually and collectively, we chucked everything out of the window that we had worked on in training and in the build-up to the game.

“You’ve got to take it on the chin, but I’m not a happy man. It was as bad as it can get.

“We had a few regulars unavailable for various reasons and we fielded a very young side, but I am not going to use that as an excuse because they looked a very young outfit too.”

Andrew Ball (2), debut-making Kyle Cook (2) and Patrick Fitzsimmons scored tries for Roughyeds and Tom Flanagan kicked four goals.

Team: Kenwright; Mallinson, Cook, Wakefield, Eastup; Flanagan, Ball; Morris, Sargent, Boardman, Hulme, Ashworth, Ward. Subs: Hudson, Fitzsimmons, Sherratt.

The under-18s next game is against Hunslet at Whitebank on Saturday, July 28.

Roughyeds Reserves go to Sheffield on Saturday (3pm kick off) and the first team entertain London Skolars at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm) when they will be bidding to record their first league win since they beat high-flying Barrow Raiders 32-26 at home on April 1.

The following Sunday, July 22, they travel to Neath to take on South Wales Scorpions.

The Junction Inn, Ripponden Road plan to run a bus, leaving at 9am, providing they get enough bookings. Cost will be £17. Fans need to book and pay as soon as possible, but cash will be refunded if the trip is cancelled.