York 54 Oldham 12

Date published: Monday, July 21, 2014

THE scoreline says it all — York 54, Oldham 12 — and, other than that, the least said the better on a dreadful day at the Huntington Stadium.

In a similar performance to those at Hunslet (lost 38-12) and at Hemel (beaten 44-32), we were well and truly put in our place by more committed, ruthless and determined opponents.
Make no mistake, York are a good team. The trouncing they dished out to Hunslet on the same ground, similar in many ways to this one, proves that. But our performance was absolutely abysmal as can be seen by the comments in other stories on this website by coach Scott Naylor and club chairman Chris Hamilton.
It isn’t often rival packs get on top of our forwards, but when they do we appear to capitulate and completely lose our way.
York were 30 points up after half an hour and what was supposed to be a tight battle of the top two teams in the division was effectively over even then.
We scored our only try of the first half by David Cookson, goaled by Lewis Palfrey, but as if to rub it in that this was merely a hiccup to them, York immediately went to the other end and registered their sixth try to go in at half time on a 36-6 lead.
Anyone who had hopes of a serious fightback in the second half had them dashed within two minutes when York were in again. And they had stretched their lead to 54-6 before we managed a last-minute consolation try by Dale Bloomfield, which Palfrey again converted.
Oldham scorers: goals, Palfrey (2); tries, Cookson, Bloomfield.
Team: Nield; Clay, Cookson, Okanga-Ajwang, Bloomfield; Palfrey, Roper; Joy, Gee, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Whitmore, Ward, Wood, Tyson.
York: Haynes; Saltonstall, Ford, Day, Dent; P Smith, Reynolds; Leary, Lee, Aldous, Mallinder, E Smith, Roche. Subs: Brining, Paterson, Pickets, Backhouse.
Referee: T Crashley; Att: 1,006.