A spirited second half performance by the Oldham Roughyeds wasn’t enough to overturn a 30-0 half-time deficit against Halifax. The visitors notched five converted tries without reply in the first period as they earned an insurmountable advantage. A brace from Gareth Moore, as well as tries from James Saltonstall, Jake Eccleston and Miles Greenwood. just blew the Roughyeds away. Despite this, Scott Naylor’s men bagged the first try of the second half through Ireland international back-rower Will Hope. Steve Roper converted for the Championship newbies. Saltonstall scored his second try of the afternoon just five minutes after Oldham got their account rolling. Moore added the extras but then, to Fax’s surprise, Oldham came back with two consecutive tries. The hosts didn’t go down without a fight in the second half and tries from Hope and Jamel Chisholm cut the deficit to 18 points at 36-18 on the hour mark. Any chance of a comeback by the hosts was extinguished when prop forward Mitch Cahalane crossed the whitewash for Halifax. Connor Robinson was assigned the kicking duties and he was on target for two points. The Roughyeds finished the game with a flourish as winger Adam Clay registered a couple of tries, including a full length of the field effort on the hooter. Roper was successful with only one of his conversion attempts but his side left the field with their heads held high after a great performance in the final 40 minutes.

Prediction – Halifax by 14

Result – Halifax by 14