Date printed: 20 November 2023
Oldham’s Cameron Wooden in full flight towards Liverpool Collegiate
Gutsy Oldham RUFC notched up their first away victory of the season – 21-20 at Liverpool Collegiate.
Nevertheless, the enjoyment of victory was tempered by a severe ankle harm to excellent back-rower Adam Takila – his third devastating harm in latest seasons.
Oldham have been on the scoreboard as early because the second minute when the ever-alert Jensen Hamilton chased an enormous clearing kick by Tom Davies and turned what appeared like a misplaced trigger right into a rating within the nook.
A advantageous conversion by Alex Jobson, who’s already closing in on 100 factors for the season, noticed Oldham in entrance and this promising begin was an indication for the backs to play some enterprising rugby regardless of troublesome circumstances and a slim pitch.
The second strive was not lengthy in coming as scrum half Jordan McEwan sped over after a finely timed inside cross from Hamilton, who had damaged clear, after neat dealing with by all of the again line.
Two penalties to Oldham, each transformed by Jobson, and one to the house facet noticed Oldham main 18-3 on the break regardless of the house workforce dominating each possession and territory however not wanting prone to cross the road as Oldham’s defence held agency with back-row trio of Andy Pleasure, Ryan Pickles and Takila in advantageous type.
How shortly issues can change.
Two early transformed tries by Collegiate, the harm to Takila, (who spent two hours, disconsolate and in ache, on a stretcher ready for an ambulance) noticed the house facet acquire momentum and spend lengthy durations in Oldham’s half, with proficient fly half Chris Lloyd and his highly effective, clever kicking and directing proceedings.
A uncommon foray into the opposition 20 noticed a penalty by Jobson take Oldham to 21 factors, however quickly Lloyd made it a one level sport and from that second Oldham, have been compelled to defend beautifully, twice stopping opponents who had crossed the road from grounding the ball.
Isaac Dobbs continued his advantageous run of type, and each he and his second row companion Cameron Wooden, who received the MOM award from each Oldham and the opposition, continuously made inroads into Collegiate’s cussed defence
Oldham managed to keep away from giving a kickable penalty away – as in final season fixture when a profitable last-minute touchline penalty secured the factors for Collegiate – they usually managed to hold on.
There was understandably large aid on the faces of gamers and spectators when the referee, who had a superb sport all through, blew for time.
There isn’t any fixture this weekend, after which two dwelling video games give Oldham the chance to increase their successful run and transfer out of the relegation zone earlier than Christmas.
Fingers crossed for excellent news of Takila and availability of gamers for these upcoming fixtures.
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