Swinton 18 – 16 Oldham

Date published: Monday, May 30, 2011

Great performance at Swinton in our 18 16 defeat.  Tries by Paul Noone, Luke Stanchion and Chris Clarke with Noone converting two of them.

Roughyeds came back from 12 0 down to trail 12 10 at half time.  They went in front 16 12 early in the second half with Clarke’s converted try.

With only 11 minutes left Phil Joseph restored Swinton’s lead with a converted try and in a dramatic finale Matthew Foggarty had a try disallowed for putting a foot in touch as he dived over in the corner.

This was arguably our best display of the season and augers well for the second half of the campaign.

The only downside were further injury setbacks which claimed Liam Gilchrist (ankle) and Chris Clarke (thumb) as its victims.  There are fears that Chris Clarke might be out for several weeks, but more information will be available after he sees a specialist on Friday.

Fans should note that Mick Diveney did not play at Swinton on Friday as he is no longer training at the club.  He walked out after learning that Carl Forber’s loan period was being extended.

After Friday’s match coach Benson explained that Diveney was unavailable to him as he had missed several training sessions after expressing his dissatisfaction at the situation.

Tony said, “Mick was progressing well but once we signed Forber on loan he didn’t feel he was getting the game time or the money he needed to justify the travelling from Durham where he had been working”

” He decided it wasn’t for him any more, so he quit.  He had become a valuable member of the squad, so I gave him a few days to reconsider, but he clearly demonstrated his intentions by not getting back to me.

“We must have competition for places at our level and all players must be prepared to fight for a spot.  Mick played in nearly every game until Forber arrived and he had become one of three good half backs at the club- a minimum requirement for the squad.  He wanted to be playing every week but nobody can be guaranteed that.”

“Danny Whitmore has had to miss out a few times recently but he had a good game at scrum half on Friday and proved that he also has the ability to be considered again as half back back up.”

“We have also called up Jamie Dallimore from the reserves to train with the first team squad with an eye on the future.  He is not ready yet but he’s getting there and it will speed up his advancement if he spends time in the first team environment.”