York 22 – Reserves 39

Date published: Friday, June 24, 2011

ALEX Thompson scored two tries and Jamie Dallimore contributed 19 points as Oldham RL Club’s reserve team made it four wins in a row with a 39-22 triumph at York last night (Thursday).

Trailing 18-12 at half-time, Roughyeds reacted positively to coach John Hough’s interval rallying call to dominate a second-half forward battle in which the pack got well on top in heavy rain.

“We didn’t muscle up in the first half,” said Hough, “but after a few harsh words at half-time everyone in the side was prepared to stand up and be counted and that made all the difference.

“It was a forward battle and all the Oldham forwards played their part, but the backs also contributed significantly in what was a genuine 1-to-17 effort.”

Injuries to Scott Mansfield (sternum) and Anthony Bingham (ankle) meant that Hough could call on only two substitutes throughout most of a second half in which Jack Bradbury battled through the pain barrier to stay on the field despite a calf injury.

Half-back Dallimore finished with a try, seven goals and a drop goal, while other tries were scored by Mansfield, Thompson (2), Matty Barber and Tommy Connick.

Hough said all his forwards were worthy of merit — Joy, Eyres, Thompson, Barber, Hughes, Bland, Ward and Knight.

Their next assignment, on Saturday, July 2, is the big one away to divisional leaders Widnes Vikings.