IT was the day we stunned the rugby league community; the day we set PC keyboards clicking; the day our fans went wild with delight; the day we hit the headlines; the day we were a big hit on social media.
IT WAS THE DAY WE BEAT SUPER LEAGUE SIDE HULL KINGSTON ROVERS, LAST YEAR’S FINALISTS, 36-22 ON HUMBERSIDE IN THE FIFTH ROUND OF THE LADBROKES CHALLENGE CUP.
Wow ! What a performance by our boys who, less than eight months ago, were operating in rugby league’s third tier (League One) while Rovers were winning through to Wembley where they were well beaten by Leeds Rhinos.
We weren’t given a shout when the draw paired us with the Robins at the KC Lightstream Stadium in East Hull.
Come the day and the teams lined up like this:
HULL KR: Ben Cockayne; Joe Wardill, Ken Sio, Iain Thornley, Kieran Dixon; Maurice Blair, Matty Marsh; Dane Tilse, Shaun Lunt, James Green, James Greenwoood, Chris Clarkson, Adam Walker. Subs: Robbie Mulhern, James Donaldson, Greg Lawler, John Boudebza.
OLDHAM: Richard Lepori; Adam Clay, Sammy Gee, Danny Grimshaw, Jamel Chisholm; Lewis Palfrey, Steve Roper; Phil Joy, Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Gary Middlehurst, Danny Langtree, Will Hope. Subs: Michael Ward, Kenny Hughes, Adam Files, Liam Thompson.
We were off to a sensational start, Will Hope scoring within two minutes on a defence-splitting pass from Owen.
Tilsley replied for Rovers — six apiece now — but midway through the first half Lepori scored from a teasing kick by ‘Ropes’.
Lewis converted and then kicked a penalty for a 14-6 lead, whereupon we were then the team in the ascendancy — so much so that before half time we went in twice more by Roper and Clay for a stunning 24-6 interval lead.
No doubt after a few choice words at half-time Rovers were determined to get back into the game and they had us a little bit concerned when Lunt crossed for an unconverted try.
We were digging in and working hard, but we got some well-earned respite when Middlehurst burst over to score a try which Palfrey goaled.
It was 30-10 now, but we were starting to flag a bit and Rovers took advantage to register tries by Blair, Wardill and Tisley, all unconverted, to take the score to 22-30.
Hoping to stretch the lead to 13 points, Roper and Palfrey were both wide of the mark with drop-goal shots, but with time running out fast Lepori went through for his second and Palfrey goaled for a 22-36 advantage.