South Wales 32 Oldham 36

Date published: Monday, June 17, 2013
MARK Hobson’s injury-time try, just as the klaxon sounded, gave Roughyeds a second win this season at the Neath home of South Wales Scorpions — and underlined once again that our young squad is not only fit but has the mental strength to come from behind.

Having won there 24-12 in the Northern Rail Cup in March we pipped them 36-32 in this Kingstone Press Championship One game, which featured a four-try performance by our on-loan signing Jon Ford from Salford City Reds.

Both sides scored six tries and four conversions, but the difference was provided by Lewis Palfrey’s two penalty goals — one of them on the stroke of half time and the other to level up the scores at 32-32 with only a few minutes left on the clock.

It was at that stage that Richard Lepori, out-numbered two to one, pulled off a remarkable piece of defensive work to deny Scorpions what looked like a certain try.

We then went down to the other end where ¬†Anthony Bowman, our new loan signing from Halifax, was inches wide with a drop-goal attempt before ‘Hobo’ went in for his sensational, last-gasp winner after a smart bit of play out wide by David Cookson.

Starting badly, we went 16-0 down in as many minutes, but recovered to lead 26-16 at half-time thanks to the opening try by Jason Boults on his 50th consecutive appearance for the club and then three in 14 minutes by 19-year-old Ford.

They were all converted by Palfrey, who then kicked a penalty to give him five from five going into the half-time break.

In the second half we made far too many mistakes and as a consequence had a lot of tackling and heavy defensive work to do, which took its toll.

Scorpions scored three second-half tries to our two and went in front at 32-30 with only 13 minutes remaining.

Palfrey made no mistake with an equalising goal from in front and then, to the absolute delight of our travelling fans, Cookson forced a Scorpions error with a strong tackle and picked up the loose ball to make ground up the touchline before transferring inside to the supporting Hobson, who did the rest.

Oldham scorers: goals, Palfrey (6); tries, Ford (4), Boults, Hobson.

Scorpions: Murphy; Pring, Lyon-Fraser, Wilcox, Grant; Gore, Hawkes; Burke, Farrer, Greenwood, Peacock, Tutuila, Bateman. Subs: Sheen, Phillips, Price, Leyshon.

Oldham: Lepori; Brotherton, Cookson, Ford, Bloomfield; Bowman, Palfrey; Gilchrist,  Gee, Joy, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson. Subs: Files, Hughes, Boults, Ward.

Referee: David Sharp; Att: 324.

It gave us our fourth win in five games — the one defeat was our 22-20 at North Wales Crusaders — and set the scene perfectly for this Sunday’s return to Whitebank for the visit of Hemel.

After their stunning home win against league leaders North Wales, Hemel will be coming with all guns blazing for what should be a must-see game for all our friends and followers.