Reserves 62 – 20 Sheffield

Date published: Monday, June 20, 2011

Roughyed Reserves continued their great run of victories with a convincing 62 20 victory over Sheffield Eagles.  This victory was all the more pleasing as it was done without the help of John Gillam who was expected to continue his comeback after injury and Mansefield, Ward and Thompson, who were all carrying injuries.

It took only four minutes for the Roughyeds to get on the score sheet when Jack Bradbury in the left centre position finished off a good move to ghost pass two players, sell an outrageous dummy and go over in the corner for an unconverted try.

Just three minutes later Chris Dean broke well up the right side, fed Chris Headon who dummied left and then went over in the right corner to put the Roughyeds 8-0 up as Jamie Dallimore failed again with a difficult conversion.

In really their first sortie into Roughyed’s territory right centre Cory Hansen went over in the eleventh minute for Sheffield. 8-4. Roughyeds were on the score sheet again three minutes later when debutant Callum Casey went over under the posts from Dean’s quick ball from acting halfback.  Dallimore’s conversion made it 14-4.

Full back, Steven Nield was instrumental in the Roughyeds next try on 19 minutes as he quickly switched play to the blind side from acting half back for Chris Headon to go in at the corner for an unconverted try.18-4.

Casey went over for his second try, this time under the sticks, ten minutes later, after great work by Neild again who somehow offloaded the ball in a three man tackle to set up the try which Dallimore converted. 24-4.

The next try was a very strange one. Right centre David Cookson had made a good break up the left wing when it appeared he had been tackled, the referee however waved play on and with the Sheffield players apparently frozen to the spot he walked over to score without a hand touching him, Dallimore  missed the convertion.28-4.

The 33rd minute saw the final try of the first half and without doubt the try of the match, Casey started it on the halfway line, by feeding the ball to Dallimore who then moved it to Bradbury to quickly receive the ball again in a come around me move before passing to Alistair Williams to score another unconverted try. 32-4

The crowd’s expectation of a runaway victory in the second half, now the Roughyeds had the benefit of the Whitebank slope, took a bit of a knock when only 2 minutes into the new half Pat Smith went over for Sheffield for a try converted by Nathan Walmsley. 32-10.

After gaining possession from a drop kick under the posts Tommy Connick went through four attempted tackles to score.  Dallimore converted. 38-10

On 50 minutes Cookson broke down the left fed his winger Williams and then took the return pass off his bootlaces to go over under the posts.  Dallimore’s conversion made it 44-10.

After a great break by Johnson up the middle, Dallimore sold a dummy and then gave a great inside pass to Jack Bradbury who went in for a try converted by Dallimore. 50-10.

Sheffield, to their credit never gave up and Dan Hawksworth went over for a try which Walmsley converted. 50-16.  Soon afterwards Callum Casey had to go off with what looked like a right elbow injury after a very promising debut.

After a drop out from under the posts Dallimore followed up quickly and tore the ball from the Sheffield player in a one on one tackle, fed a lovely inside pass to Williams who went over to score a converted try. 56-16.

Sheffield still weren’t finished and on 71 minutes Walmsley went over for them.56-20.  The final score came five minutes from the end when a superb cut out long pass from Dean sent Cookson over for a converted try to give a final score of 62 – 20 to the Roughyeds.

After the game coach, John Hough said he was pleased with the win but disappointed with the points they let in in the second half.  Overall he thought there were some great tries and he was very pleased with the depth of his squad which allowed him to make changes and still come out with a convincing victory.

“I was pleased with Callum Casey’s debut”, John said “He has good hands and showed good creativity, before he had to go off injured. We are now in third place and to stay there we must muscle up for a hard game against York, at York, next week”, he said.

OLHAM:               Neild, Cotton, Headon, Cookson, Williams, Connick, Dallimore, Joy, Dean, Johnson, Bradbury, Knight, Casey. Subs. Hughes, Bland, Eyres, Barber.

OLDHAM             Tries; Bradbury(2), Headon(2), Casey(2), Cookson(3), Williams(2), Connick.

Goals: Dallimore(7)

SHEFFIELD           Tries: Hansen, Smith, Hawksworth, Walmsley.

Goals: Walmsley (2).

Referee Jamie Bloem

Attendance 154