Reserves win at York

Date published: Friday, April 30, 2010

ROUGHYEDS reserves pulled off a highly-satisfying 26-18 win at York last night in their second league game of the 2010 campaign.

They were disappointed to go down 42-30 at Featherstone in their first game, but they made amends in fine style at York where they led 16-0 at one stage and then 26-12 before the home side scored a late try and goal to narrow the gap.

Mark Brocklehurst

One of five tries scored in the win was by Mark Brocklehurst

Five Oldham tries were scored by centre Mark Brocklehurst, hooker Dean Hatton, replacement hooker Austen Barrowclough, centre Jamie Knight and full-back Ross Coates, while scrum-half Mick Diveney, stand-off Paul Ashton and sub forward Mark Smith each kicked a goal.

Coach John Hough said he was “really pleased” by his side’s performance and by the high standard of teamwork.

“There were a lot of good individual performances,” he added, “but it was our terrific teamwork that was one of the biggest factors, and also one of the most pleasing.

“York fielded a big set of forwards. They had a lot of ball and good field position in the first ten to 15 minutes but we defended well to keep them out and that set the tempo for the game.

“They came back at us a little bit after we went 16-0 up, but to be honest I never felt we were in any serious danger of losing.”

Team: Ross Coates; Alistair Williams, Mark Brocklehurst, Jamie Knight, Tom McMullen; Paul Ashton, Mick Diveney; Jacob Kinney, Dean Hatton, Ben Mellor, Kashley Watkins, Michael Ward, Scott Mansfield.

Subs: Austen Barrowclough, Michael Cadd, Ben Marsden, Mark Smith.

More than half the squad were Oldham-born players representing their home-town team.

Eleven of the 17 are signed on professional forms, namely Coates, Brocklehurst, Kinney, Hatton, Mellor, Watkins, Ward, Mansfield, Barrowclough, Marsden and Smith.

The Reserves now have four home games in a row versus Sheffield Eagles on Saturday, May 15; Featherstone Rovers on Wednesday, May 19; York City Knights on Saturday, May 29; and Hunslet Hawks on Saturday, June 5.