Reserves 28 Halifax 10

Date published: Thursday, February 24, 2011

IN a throwback to days when they often played in mist and mud, Roughyeds’ Reserves defied awful conditions at Whitebank last night to score five tries in a 28-10 win against the second string of Championship club Halifax.

It was Oldham’s second victory in two pre-season warm-up games against Championship opposition, this following the 36-12 triumph over Dewsbury Rams a fortnight ago.

Michael Ward, Lewis Brookes, Matthew Fogarty, Alex Thompson and Chris Dean scored the tries, while goalkicker Jamie Dallimore converted four of them to add to his six-from-six return against Dewsbury.

A defence-splitting early break by Austen Barrowclough from dummy half set up the first try for second-row man Ward in the fourth minute.

Matthew Fogarty

Winger Brookes went over in the left-hand corner to score the second try in the 15th minute and with a little more steadiness in finishing down that left flank Roughyeds could have had two or three more tries in the first half.

As it was they had to wait until the half-hour mark to register their third try when centre Fogarty crashed over through heavy traffic close to the ‘Fax line.

“It was a good win,” said coach John Hough. “We are looking stronger by the week as we build towards the start of our league programme, but we need to learn how to adapt to heavy conditions. We could be playing on heavy pitches for a few weeks yet.

“We did simple things well, but there were times when we complicated things and then we didn’t look as good.

“Conditions dictated that it was a forward battle, just as they did in the Dewsbury game.”

Early on, half-backs Dallimore and Tommy Connick moved the ball wide both ways with speed and precision as Roughyeds raced into a 16-0 lead inside half an hour with Ward proving a tower of strength in the second-row.

As conditions worsened, Roughyeds had to adopt a more direct approach up the middle, this producing second-half tries up the hill for ex-Warrington Wolves pair Thompson and Dean.

Halifax scored each of their tries at the end of the first half and near the end of the game, Roughyeds leading 16-6 at half-time and then going into a 28-6 lead before the visitors scored again in the gathering gloom and mist.

Team: Nield; Bridge, Williams, Fogarty, Brookes; Connick, Dallimore; Thomas, Barrowclough, Crosby, Ward, Langtree, Marsden. Subs: Barber, Robinson, Cadd, Thompson, Dean.