Under 20s Below Par

Date published: Thursday, April 18, 2013

SCRUM-HALF Sam Singleton gave another eye-catching display for Oldham RL under-20s, this time in a well-beaten side that suffered a 48-18 defeat at Keighley.

In his first game for the club, the former Leigh youngster looked good in a Roughyeds side that thumped Rochdale Hornets 46-22 at Whitebank.
To shine in a team that was over-run from start to finish, as Singleton did at Cougar Park, singled him out as Oldham’s stand-out performer.
Though playing behind a pack that was knocked about physically, he crowned another impressive display with a superb individual try from long range late in the second half, first spotting the game and then displaying the pace and craft to leave several defenders in his wake.
The pattern of the game was established straight from the kick-off when Oldham spilled the ball; conceded a try in Keighley’s first set; and then lost prop Aaron Hall, knocked out in a tackle.
Thereafter, it was a story of injuries, mistakes and missed tackles as Roughyeds conceded four tries in the first half and another five in the second half — three of them in the first ten minutes after the restart.
Hall’s fellow prop Jordan Morris was also taken off, never to return, after being shaken up in a tackle, while a similar fate befell winger Reece Whitfield.
“We ran out of subs in the second half, but I’m not putting the defeat down to that,” said coach Phil Costin. “We played poorly, simple as that.”
Oldham were 12-0 down when Singleton’s defence-splitting ball from the scrum sent stand-off Tom Flanagan between the Keighley posts for a try which he also improved.
The home side led 42-6 when Singleton produced his solo stunner, followed quickly by a third Oldham try when Brad Hargreaves finished off a clever attack in which the ball passed through several pairs of hands.
It was too little too late on a night when Keighley’s vigorous defence knocked the heart out of Oldham and their extra pace with ball in hand did the rest.