Swinton Lions 26 Oldham 4

WE struggled to find our best form once again when going down 26-4 at Swinton with a very similar side to the one which beat the Lions 22-18 in a Bower Fold thriller in April.

This time we were 12-0 down at half-time and we dominated much of the second half without being able to open our account.

When Chris Atkin landed a long-range penalty in the 65th minute to ease the Lions out to 14-0, we lost our way defensively a little bit and Jack Murphy and Chris Hankinson scored late tries to produce a scoreline which perhaps didn’t reflect just how competitive the game was.

The Hankinson try, his second, was a breakaway effort from near his own line as a direct result of an Oldham attack that broke down.

We were also attacking when Swinton scored their first try from a ricochet off a Scott Leatherbarrow kick — proof positive that when you’re going through a bad patch you rarely get the bounce of the ball.

Appropriately, our only try was scored by in-form Richard Lepori near the end; reward for another big game by the full-back.

Swinton — goals, Atkin 5/5; tries, Lloyd, Hankinson (2), Murphy.
Oldham — try, Lepori.

Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Tyson, Grimshaw, Turner; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Spencer, Hughes, Neal, Adamson, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Hill, Bent, Owen, Ward.

Referee: John McMullen; Att: 628

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