Sheffield Reserves 38 – 14 Oldham Reserves

Date published: Monday, March 12, 2012

OLDHAM RL reserves, last year’s champions, were beaten 38-14 by Sheffield Eagles in their first league game of the season at Whitebank.

A strong Eagles side, playing down the slope first half, led 22-6 at the interval and went on to add three more tries in the last 20 minutes to finish comfortable and worthy winners.

Said Roughyeds’ new coach Paul Ashton: “We’ve put together a new side this year, it was our first game together — and it showed.

“Our best spell was in the first 20 minutes of the second half when we got to within 12 points of them, but we then struggled with fatigue because we were two players light on the bench.”

Prop Mark Thomas, who went to hospital for checks, had to quit in the first ten minutes because of stomach cramps and breathing difficulties.

Winger Lucas Onyango, in his first game for nearly a year, felt a hamstring tightening near half time and, as was pre-planned anyway, did not return for the second half.

Added Ashton: “These injuries hit us hard in terms of our second-half substitutions.

“We’ve a lot to work on and we aim to improve week by week, but to be honest we should have done better than we did in this one.”

Oldham tries were scored by centre Chris Dean, winger Louis Jackson and second-row forward Danny Langtree, while stand-off Jack Reid converted the opening try of the game by Dean.

Team: Nield; Onyango, Hinsley, Dean, Jackson; Reid, Connick; Thomas, Mansfield, Eyres, Langtree, Bailey, Smith. Subs: Hughes, Noon, Forman, Joy.