ROUGHYEDS will be glad to see the back of May after a month in which they suffered defeats in each of their three games against London Broncos, Batley Bulldogs and Rochdale Hornets.
The 38-28 Summer Bash loss against Rochdale at Blackpool took Hornets above Scott Naylor’s men in the Championship table on a better for-and-against record, although Roughyeds have a game in hand.
We are currently passing through choppy waters, this being our third defeat in a row and the second in a row in which we have built a substantial lead only to under-perform afterwards and let our opponents back in and then to go on and win the game.
Batley won 48-28 after trailing 10-22 midway through the first half and Rochdale finished 38-28 in front after being 12-28 down early in the second half.
Roughyeds will clearly have to remedy these major mood swings if they are to capitalise on the fact that, after the Swinton Lions game at Sale on this coming Sunday, they will have eight games of the regular season left — and six of them are at Bower Fold.
They certainly have more success there than elsewhere, this latest Summer Bash defeat proving similar in some respects to last year’s defeat by Swinton on the same Bloomfield Road ground where we also had a substantial lead at half-time only to let it slip in the second half.
This time, tries by Scott Turner, George Tyson and Richard Lepori (2), plus five goals by Scott Leatherbarrow, gave us a 26-12 interval lead, Miles Greenwood and Jake Eccleston (2) having crossed for Hornets.
Early in the second half Leatherbarrow kicked his sixth goal, a penalty, to extend our lead to a healthy-looking 28-12.
After that, though, Hornets took control of the game and of the scoreboard in much the same way that Roughyeds turned things round in the second half when winning 28-24 at Dewsbury Rams at the end of April.
Rattling up 26 points without replay, Hornets scored four more tries by Rob Massam, Ben Moores, Jordan Case and Lewis Galbraith, plus five goals by Danny Yates.
Richard Lepori and Jo Taira were sin-binned for scrapping in the first half, while Sammy Gee was sent off near the end and Danny Yates was sin-binned.
Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Tyson, Sam Wood, Turner; Leatherbarrow, Owen; Mason, Hughes, Neal, Adamson, Langtree, Spencer. Subs: Gee, Thompson, Burke, Ward.
Tries: Turner (6), Tyson (23), Lepori (27, 32); Goals: Leatherbarrow 6/7.
Hornets: Riley; Greenwood, Eccleston, Galbraith, Massam; Palfrey, Yates; Taira, Maneely, Bennion, Smith, Crowley, Middlehurst. Subs: Moores, Hadden, Mitchell, Case.
Tries: Greenwood (9), Eccleston (19, 35), Massam (49), Moores (52), Case (56), Galbraith (78); Goals, Yates 5/6.