Oldham 64 London Skolars 8

WE flew into the Championship One play-off final with an outstanding performance against London Skolars, which earned us an eye-opening 64-8 win at Whitebank.

The players were determined to respond positively to the previous week’s disappointing 23-22 defeat by Rochdale and they sure did it in style, scoring 11 tries in total, ten of them converted by man-of-the-match Lewis Palfrey. continue reading

Oldham 22 Rochdale Hornets 23

A last-minute drop goal by Paul Crook gave Rochdale a narrow victory in this play-off tussle at Whitebank after Roughyeds had fought back strongly in the final quarter to peg back ten points and level things up at 22-22.

We scored four tries to Rochdale’s three but in a tight game played in torrential rain and strong winds two penalties awarded to Hornets in good kicking positions were to prove decisive. continue reading

London Skolars 24 Oldham 44

IS the pressure beginning to tell on North Wales Crusaders ? While Roughyeds were winning 44-24 against London Skolars at the New River Stadium, Crusaders needed a late try and goal to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at lowly Gateshead Thunder. continue reading

Oldham 28 Crusaders 10

A MAGNIFICENT all-round team performance enabled Roughyeds to finish worthy winners at Whitebank in a great game against North Wales Crusaders that was well worthy of its top-of-the-table billing.

Crusaders also contributed much to a high-intensity match which was a great advert for the sport at Championship One level. continue reading

Oldham 50 South Wales 22

ROUGHYEDS received a standing ovation from delighted fans after a 50-22 win against South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank which lifted Scott Naylor’s boys to the top of the Kingston Press Championship One table.

Since losing at home to Oxford in their third league game at the end of April, Naylor’s young side has picked up 25 league points out of a possible 27 — a remarkable record of consistency and testimony to the players’ mental toughness, application and self belief.

Naylor’s nippers now command a two-point lead over North Wales Crusaders, who have two games in hand, the next of them against Roughyeds at Whitebank on Sunday, July 28 (3pm kick off). continue reading