A job well done — and now we move on

That was an accurate summing up of Peter Carey’s post-match media address following our 42-0 defeat of amateurs Featherstone Lions in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the Vestacare Stadium.

Like head coach Scott Naylor, he agreed that the tie was more about the Lions than about Oldham, but he said Roughyeds did everything that was asked of them in terms of keeping their discipline and their structures and in moving comfortably into round four with only one injury of note.

Adam Jones suffered a concussion, but that was our only injury setback despite Kenny Hughes and Paul Crook requiring running repairs after taking heavy tackles early in the game.

Said Carey:

“We changed things round a bit at half-time because in the first half it looked like they were reading what we were trying to do far too easily.

“It worked better, but to be honest this was more about getting the game over without further mishap than anything else.

“It was a very physical game. They had a real dig at us. Credit to them for that and for giving absolutely everything they had. It was their big day and they had nothing to lose.

“They never gave in and they had a never-say-die attitude . We knew we’d been in a game, that’s for sure, but we acquitted ourselves well and it was some achievement to go through two full games without conceding a point.”

The Lions didn’t help themselves by conceding 18 penalties, taking a team warning for persistently and illegally slowing down Oldhm’s play-the-ball; and having three players sin-binned at various times in the game for non-related incidents.

Roughyeds were off to a flying start with tries in the first ten minutes by Danny Langtree and Zack McComb , both improved by the trusty boot of Paul Crook.

Crook’s grubber into the in-goal was pounced on by ‘Langers’ for the first of our seven converted tries and then, after Adam Neal was tackled just short, the lively duo of David Hewitt and Kyran Johnson combined beautifully to put in McComb.

Hewitt and Johnson were terrorising the Lions’ right-side defence and they did it again in the 27th minute only for the final pass to be ruled forward as West raced across the line.

He wasn’t to be denied long, though, but first was to come a stunning length-of-the-field break by the lightning quick Johnson, who was stopped just short of the line after a stunning chase by Gareth Gale.

A try surely had to come and it fell to West after excellent work by his centre McComb, who took a pass off his bootlaces to get West over in the corner. Crook goaled and it was 18-0 at half-time.

Roughyeds went on to score four more tries by Phil Joy, Dave Eccleston, Langtree and Danny Bridge with the ever-reliable Crook converting each of them

Pick of the bunch was Eccleston’s. The eye-catching West made the running with a powerful clearing run out of defence and then Jack Holmes’s quick hands opened up the outside for Eccleston to race over in the corner.

Oldham scorers: tries, Langtree (2), McComb, West, Joy, Eccleston, Bridge; Goals: Crook 7/7.

Team: Johnson; Eccleston, Holmes, McComb, West; Crook, Hewitt; Joy, Hughes, Neal, Bridge, Langtree, Bent; Subs: Jones, Nelmes, Rasool, Wilkinson.

Lions: Jackson; Garahan, Battye, Gale, Redfern; Wandless, Perkins; Mawson, Gamble, Gilbert, Fox, Wilson, McAllister; Subs: Gibbins, Beckett, Frankland, Glassell

Referee: Liam Staveley; Att: 364.

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