Thunder clouds come rolling inDate published: Monday, May 11, 2015
DEFEAT at Barrow cost us leadership of League One and makes it all the more important that we pick up points when third-placed Newcastle Thunder come to Whitebank this Sunday (May 17, 3pm kick off).
A brawl in the dying seconds at Craven Park produced red cards for Oldham’s Gareth Owen and Barrow’s Liam Campbell.
Players of both sides traded punches up the touchline after Liam Harrison scored a last-gasp try in the corner to seal a 30-18 win for the Raiders.
The incident was placed on report by referee Chris Campbell and will be studied by the RFL’s match review panel.
Rival coaches Scott Naylor and Paul Crarey said they would have to see video re-runs before they could comment.
Said Scott: “When Barrow went over in the corner to score I momentarily turned away so I didn’t see what happened to start it.”
Added Barrow’s Crarey: “From ground level it was difficult to see what was going on in the far corner, so we’ll look at the tape and take it from there.”
Keighley’s 52-10 home win against Coventry took them to top spot with a better for-and-against difference than Roughyeds, while Newcastle hung on to third place with a 58-12 thumping of Hemel Stags in Hertfordshire.
Stanley Gene’s Thunder, strengthened by a recruitment drive in the coach’s native Papua New Guinea, will come to Oldham in fine fettle having lost only one game in six — at home to Keighley — and having won on the road at Rochdale (16-15), North Wales Crusaders (24-18) and Hemel.