Talk about throwing the cat amongst the pigeons. This victory for Oldham means there’s only one point separating 7th and 10th in the Kingstone Press Championship table. It was the visitors who were in the lead going into the sheds at the halfway stage. Swinton held a 14-6 advantage after a brace from Ben White and a penalty goal from Chris Atkin while Kieran Gill notched the Roughyeds’ only try of the half. Oldham prop Michael Ward turned the game on its head in the space of three minutes as he bagged two tries to put his side in front. Swinton replied just before the final quarter through Macauley Hallett but the conversion wasn’t successful so the score remained 18-18. Richard Lepori was sent to the sin-bin after throwing the ball away following Hallett’s try but it didn’t end up costing his side. Lewis Palfrey kicked a penalty goal to put Oldham back in front before winger Adam Clay extended the hosts’ advantage with a crucial four points, which turned into six following Palfrey’s conversion. Josh Barlow found his way over the whitewash on 72 minutes to really turn up the pressure in the dying embers of the contest. But Oldham held out to win their third match on the trot, at a very interesting stage of the season.
Prediction – Swinton by 8
Result – Oldham by 2
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