Skolars 28 Oldham 38

Date published: Monday, August 4, 2014

SKOLARS gave us a scare in Enfield before we prevailed 38-28 to keep hold of second spot in the Kingstone Press Championship One table.

We raced into an early 14-0 lead but then took our foot off the pedal, not for the first time this season, and conceded 22 unanswered points to a Skolars side that grew in confidence with every try they scored.
In the first quarter of an hour it looked all too easy as Jon Ford and Mo Agoro (2) crossed the Skolars line with Lewis Palfrey converting the second Agoro touchdown, fashioned brilliantly from dummy half by Gareth Owen.
After that, the home side hit back through their big forwards to score three tries and then added a breakaway fourth by right-winger Macani to lead 22-14.
It was important we got back into contention before half-time and persistence was rewarded when Adam Clay got over for a good try, which Steve Roper converted.
Having taken over goalkicking duties from Palfrey, ‘Ropes’ went on to kick four from four as we dominated the second half after a few choice words from Scott at half-time.
In the first eight minutes after the restart, both Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree crossed for tries which gave a 32-22 lead.
We were unfortunate not to add to that lead before Skolars snatched another try against the run of play when a Steve Nield grubber ricocheted off a defender and into the hands of Skolars’ pacy left winger, who sent in his centre for a converted try which cut our lead to four points.
We had to defend anxiously at that point and at one stage it looked as though Skolars might score before we moved the ball swiftly to the right wing where Agoro completed his hat-trick with a superb, length-of-the-field try.
Scorers: goals, Palfrey (1), Roper (4); tries, Ford, Agoro (3), Clay, Crowley, Langtree.
Team: Nield; Agoro, Wood, Ford, Clay; Palfrey, Roper; Joy, Owen, Ward, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Robinson, Mason, Mooney, Tyson.
Ref: David Sharpe;  Att: 419.