Top try scorers so far…

Date published: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Old hand Lucas Onyango and new boy Mick Fogerty go into Oldham RL Club’s fourth-round Challenge Cup tie at Hunslet Hawks on Sunday as neck-and-neck leaders in the Roughyeds’ 2010 try-scoring charts.

Having each played in all ten games in cup and league so far, Kenya-born Onyango has touched down nine times on the right wing while local lad Fogerty has scored only one try fewer from left centre.

It is a measure of the type of wing-to-wing football that Roughyeds are striving to play that the club’s two leading try scorers operate on different sides of the field.

Fogerty, whose passion for the game has been rekindled by his move this season to his home-town club at the age of 29, has been on the scoresheet in six games out of the ten and has scored in each of the last three.

[singlepic id=74 w=320 h=240 float=left]Onyango, who was 29 last Monday, has failed to score in only three of the ten, the net result being that Roughyeds have still to play a game this season in which either one of them hasn’t planted the ball over the opposition’s goal line.

Not that scoring tries for Roughyeds is anything new to Onyango, who has totalled 52 in 69 games going back to the 2007 season when he first burst on to the Oldham scene as a left-wing crowd pleaser outside the hugely talented Adam Hughes.

“It’s always good to score a try — and I get just as big a kick out of it now as I ever did,” said Lucas after he had opened the scoring in Roughyeds’ 22-16 win against South Wales Scorpions in Neath last Sunday.

Before half-time Fogerty was to be denied in the corner by a touch-judge’s flag before he went over on Martin Roden’s flat pass for his fourth try in three games.

[singlepic id=54 w=320 h=240 float=left]”I still think I scored when the touch-judge ruled it out,” said the man who has supported Oldham since he was a boy and who used to be a prolific try scorer for Higginshaw and Waterhead.

“It’s a dream come true for me to be playing for Roughyeds and I am loving every minute of it.”

With Sunday’s important cup-tie looming — and an opportunity for both Oldham and Hunslet to earn a lucrative tie against Super League opposition in round five — there was a scare for Roughyeds when Fogerty fell awkwardly in a tackle and his head and neck were driven into a hard ground.

He was motionless for a time and a stretcher was summoned but happily he recovered quickly after treatment on the field and was able to finish the game.

He has since been having treatment to a sore neck while Onyango has been treated for knocks to knee and ankle.

There are high hopes within the Roughyeds camp, however, that both will be fit for weekend — and that both will carry on scoring tries as they challenge each other for bragging rights.

Roughyeds have scored 50 tries in ten games overall and leading scorers are as follows: Onyango 9, Fogerty 8, Joe Chandler 6, Mark Brocklehurst 5, Matty Ashe 5 and Paul O’Connor 4.

Scrum-half Ashe, a former Junior Kiwi, has also landed 34 goals for a personal points haul of 88 in nine appearances.

A groin injury ruled him out of the game in South Wales last Sunday and it is touch and go whether he will be fit for the cup tie.

When Oldham beat the Hawks 29-16 away in the league on March 12 Ashe kicked four goals and scored two tries.