Oldham came away from the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium with one point gained yet could have easily pocketed both.
Trailing 22-0 after 21 minutes, Oldham fought back to level the scores at 22-22. Tries from Michael Ward, Sam Gee, Adam Clay and Ben Morris looked like providing the platform for a famous victory but it wasn’t to be.
Two drop-goal attempts from first Hewitt and then Leatherbarrow missed the target leaving the Roughyeds ruing the loss of the extra point.
The players can take heart from the spirited performance over 60 minutes and if they take the same attitude into the remaining 4 Shield games, Championship status will surely be retained.
Rochdale Hornets provide the opposition in the next game in a vital local derby.
Oldham are currently in 11th place on 12 points, the same number as Swinton Lions who have a much better points difference.
Rochdale are 3 points clear of both their local rivals but need to play each in the weeks to come and they could be easily drawn back into the relegation dogfight.