Roughyeds Reserves 28 – 28 Featherstone Rovers

Date published: Friday, July 8, 2011

JOHN Hough’s Oldham RL Reserves drew 28-28 with Featherstone Rovers at Whitebank last night after conceding a converted by Rovers full-back Tom Carr with only one minute left on the clock.

Going for their sixth win in a row, Roughyeds had to settle for one league point despite leading 18-6 at half-time and then 28-22 in a compelling last few minutes.

“Rovers were the better team in the second half,” summed up Hough. “When they went in front at 22-18 I thought we had gone, but we showed a lot of character to stay in the game and very nearly win it.

“We made a lot of silly mistakes and gave away some dumb penalties. We were lucky to get a point, so in that respect it’s a point gained. The boys feel like they do after a loss, but we’ve picked up another point, we’re still unbeaten in six and we’re still on a roll.

“We don’t play again until two weeks on Saturday when Whitehaven come to Whitebank and the break will do us good because a lot of the boys are carrying bumps and bruises and we’ve now got the opportunity to work on one or two things before our next big test.”

Playing down the slope, Rovers dominated the second half to score 16 unanswered points before they had stand-off Jack Bussey sin-binned for a late challenge on Jamie Dallimore in the 65th minute.

Roughyeds responded with late tries by Dallimore and winger Terry Bridge to lead 28-22, but they couldn’t control a wicked restart kick and Rovers capitalised by scoring the equalising try and goal in a last-gasp attack.

Each side kicked four goals and scored five tries, Oldham’s points coming from Dallimore’s four goals and tries by Alex Thomson, Tommy Connick, Steven Nield, Dallimore and Bridge.

Roughyeds were at their best in the last 20 minutes of the first half when they scored 18 unanswered points, with Thomson scoring first after Danny Whitmore’s 40-20 and then Connick and Nield adding further tries in the run-up to half-time.

Connick’s was a super solo try in which he beat a couple of defenders under the posts before going past the full-back with an outrageous dummy.

The next time Roughyeds got possession Dallimore went clear up the middle on a delightful short ball from the edge of the ruck and drew the full-back before sending Nield under the posts

There was almost a carbon-copy try for Nield a minute later, but this time it was Whitmore who made the break from the ruck and his final pass to the full-back just inside the Rovers half was judged to be forward.

Dallimore was to score himself near the end as he finished with 12 of his side’s 28 points.

Team: Nield; Cotton, Williams, Cookson, Bridge; Dallimore, Connick; Joy, Dean, Bland, Ward, Knight, Thomson. Subs: Whitmore, Barber, Wood-Hulme, Spencer..