U18’s clinch dramatic win

Date published: Thursday, August 2, 2012

TOM Flanagan’s touchline conversion five minutes from the end gave Roughyeds’ under-18s a 20-18 win over Halifax at Whitebank last night.
In a hugely competitive and absorbing exhibition of rugby league at this level, Oldham scored four tries to three, but were never in the lead until ice-cool Flanagan provided the winning touch to centre Richard Ward’s late try.
After that the home side took a pounding in a thrill-a-minute finale, but defended with grit and gusto to keep their line intact and to finish their season on a high.
“I’m made up for the lads because they had to work hard and show a lot of character to beat very useful opponents,” said coach Phil Costin. “The game was played in a great spirit and was a fine advert for under-18s rugby.”
The Yorkshire boys went 12-4 up in quarter of an hour and then led 18-10 early in the second half.
Roughyeds finished the stronger, however, to win with late tries by left-wing Tom Mallinson and left-centre Ward to add to their first-half touchdowns by right-wing Steve Woods and prop-forward Jake Boardman.
Regular marksman Craig Lawton converted Boardman’s try, but he was off the field injured when Ward scored near the end, so stand-off Flanagan took over to finish the job in style.
The platform for victory was established by an impressive performance from the pack, in which second-row pair Jack Ashworth and Josh Hulme were outstanding.
Team: Kenwright; Woods, Fitzsimmons, Ward, Mallinson; Flanagan, Lawton; J Morris, Ball, Boardman, Hulme, Ashworth, Ashbrook. Subs: Sherratt, A Morris, Sargent, White.