Roughyeds Below Par

Date published: Monday, August 12, 2013
Roughyeds turned in their first below performance for some time yesterday when they were held to a draw by Gloucestershire All Golds 24-24 at Whitebank.
Another healthy crowd of 1025 saw the club rewarded for its work in the community promoting the game but the dropping of a point was without doubt a disappointment.
Oldham made changes in the half backs with Neil Roden and Tom Whitehead forming a new pairing and Danny Langtree was absent from the second row after playing in every game so far this season.
Despite a poor start to the game which saw Roughyeds concede penatlies and give up possession they still managed to go in 18-0 to the good at half time thank to a fantastic long range try from Richard Lepori plus other scores from Liam Gilchrist, Josh Crowley and Dale Bloomfield who also added one conversion.
Playing up the slope in the second half the Roughyeds continued to be below par and the All Golds belied their bottom of the table position with some enthusiastic play which resulted in two tries for Mark Barlow both converted by Matthew Bradley.
Oldham extended their lead to 12 points again when Sam Gee made a break from halfway and Tom Whitehead went under the posts with debutant Chris Clarke adding the extras.
Gloucester got thier just rewards however as they scored two late tries by Richard Jones and Curtis Cunningham both goaled by Bradley the final conversion coming with just 20 seconds left on the clock.
Coach Scott Naylor was not happy after the game and will no doubt be expecting a big response from the players in Thursdays televised derby at Rochdale (kick off 7pm).