CHAIRMAN Chris Hamilton and head coach Scott Naylor have vowed to remain positive and upbeat despite the 20-16 defeat by Dewsbury Rams.
While the loss in itself was bitterly disappointing, injuries to Danny Grimshaw (hamstring), Scott Turner (concussion) and Gareth Owen (foot) made it even worse.
Said Chris: “Our fans were fantastic. Thanks for that. The lads tried their best to give you the win you deserve, but it wasn’t to be. The bounce of the ball killed us.
“We were in a similar position to this last year and we fought our way out. We’ll do the same again this time, believe me.”
Added Scott: “It seems like the world is against us. But we have to stand tall, stand together and take it on the chin like men.”
We led 12-6 at half-time with tries by Danny Grimshaw and Michael Ward, both improved by Scott Leatherbarrow.
Rams levelled at 12-12 early in the second half, but despite our injuries we kicked two penalty goals by Leatherbarrow for a 16-12 lead.
It looked like staying that way, but with only five minutes left Leatherbarrow had a kick charged down and the ball bounced back to Oldham’s line where Moore touched down to deliver the killer blow.
Paul Sykes kicked the goal and then added a penalty.
Oldham — tries, Grimshaw, Ward; goals, Leatherbarrow 4/5
Rams — tries, Morton, Ollett, Moore; goals, Sykes 4/4
Oldham: Turner; Clay, Tyson, Grimshaw, Chisholm; Leatherbarrow, Hewitt; Neal, Hughes, Burke, Adamson, Langtree, Spencer. Subs (all used): Ward, Thompson, Owen, Davies.