Oldham Roughyeds moved out of the Championship relegation zone for one day at least with a 24-16 victory over Sheffield Eagles at SHU Sports Park.
The Roughyeds went ahead on 35 minutes and their lead stayed put for the remainder of the contest as they defended valiantly against an Eagles team who failed to back up their performance from last week against Featherstone. It was the hosts who drew first blood as Cory Aston touched down in the fourth minute after the half-back supported a break. He added the extras to his own try. However, just moments later, Oldham responded with a four pointer of their own courtesy of Castleford Tigers loanee Kieran Gill. Lewis Palfrey was successful with his conversion attempt. On a rather damp surface at SHU Sports Park, there was a lot of dropped ball and indiscipline which led to a stop-start game. Lewis Palfrey capitalised on the Eagles’ indiscipline as he edged the visitors in front with a penalty goal, which came a minute after Matty James was denied a try in the 22nd minute as he crossed the whitewash from a forward pass. It didn’t prove a long wait for the Eagles to double their tally as Quentin Laulu-Togagae provided the support for another dangerous break, this time from former Oldham man Adam Neal. Aston converted for a 12-8 lead. The final say of the first half went to Roughyeds hooker Kenny Hughes, who exploited bad defending by roaming to the try line. Palfrey added the extras.
Liam Thompson bagged the first try of the second half on 45 minutes as the forward barged past some questionable defending once again. Palfrey slotted over the conversion. Sheffield had a good spell of pressure heading into the final quarter and they got their reward by cutting the eight point deficit to just four thanks to a debut try from Stan Robin. Aston was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt. Despite pressuring the Roughyeds try line, looking for an equalising score, there was just no way through for Sheffield and they paid the price down the other end when Lewis Foster touched down with three minutes remaining. Palfrey then missed his first conversion attempt of the night but that didn’t matter to the Roughyeds, who will go into next weekend’s match against Swinton Lions with confidence.
Prediction – Sheffield by 14
Result – Oldham by 8