Oldham Roughyeds v Dewsbury Rams Preview

The Roughyeds return to Bower Fold after visiting Leigh in round two. Dewsbury are one of four teams to have won both of their matches so far this season, they come into the tie after getting the better of Workington Town at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Last Time Out

Oldham were put to the sword by current League Leaders Shield holders Leigh. A 48-18 defeat won’t be worried about too much by coach Scott Naylor as his side gave a good account of themselves in front of 3,371 people at the Leigh Sports Village. The visitors were 6-4 up halfway through the first half as Jonathan Pownall’s try for Leigh was bettered by Tom Ashton, whose four pointer on 15 minutes was converted by Lewis Palfrey. But that’s as good as it got for Oldham. Leigh went on to score three more tries in the first half to put 14 points between the sides at the break. Lee Smith grabbed a try on debut before Adam Higson notched a brace to extend his side’s advantage. There was no hope of a comeback in the second half after Sam Hopkins scored three tries in just over ten minutes. What followed Hopkins’ treble was Fuifui Moimoi and Reni Maitua getting in on the act with a try each. Although the game was lost, the Roughyeds kept fighting and they recorded two more tries before the game was out. Adam Clay and Palfrey both crossed the whitewash in the final quarter of the match.

Dewsbury Rams backed up their first round win over Swinton Lions with a victory over Workington Town on home turf. Glenn Morrison’s men took control of the game in the second half after they went into half-time with a two point deficit. Things couldn’t have got off to a better start for the hosts as Jason Crookes touched down within the first minute of play. Callum Phillips replied with a try of his own on 13 minutes before Dalton Grant got his first try of proceedings for the Rams ten minutes later. But the visitors weren’t going away. A four pointer from Declan Hulme put Phil Veivers’ Town side in front and the Rams had some grafting to do in the second half. Whatever coach Morrison said during the half-time break certainly worked as his team scored five tries without reply. Crookes and Grant both scored their second tries of the afternoon while Dale Morton, Andy Kain and Josh Guzdek also found their way over the chalk. Jason Mossop provided a consolation try for Workington but the final say went to Dewsbury as Kyle Trout powered over with a couple of minutes remaining.

Key Battle

Dale Morton and Dalton Grant, Dewsbury’s wingers for last Sunday’s game against Workington, both got on the scoresheet in the match as their side registered a comfortable victory. Ever since his move from Barrow Raiders, Grant hasn’t been too far away from the try line and he has impressed in West Yorkshire. Morton has been with the Rams for a few years now and is a consistent performer which has earned him deserved plaudits from fans. Oldham coach Scott Naylor selected Adam Clay and Jamel Chisholm on the wings to face Leigh. Clay has been one of the best wingers in League 1 for several years and he’ll be wanting to prove his worth in the league above. Chisholm has had an indifferent couple of years after spells at Hunslet, Hemel and Featherstone. He can be a threat to any side in this league on his day and coach Naylor will be wanting to get the best out of him this year.


For newly promoted sides coming into the Championship, it’s always handy to get off the mark as quick as possible. With their second home match on the horizon, the Roughyeds will be hoping to gain a victory in front of their loyal fans. If they manage it, they’ll have had to work hard as Dewsbury will be a test for any side in the league and they have try scoring threats all over the field – Dewsbury by 12

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