HALF-BACK Matty Beharrell was the class act and one of the big differences between the sides when Doncaster won 24-12 in the 1895 Cup at the Vestacare Stadium last Sunday.
He will certainly be one to watch in the rematch at the Keepmoat Stadium tomorrow (Sunday), kick-off 5.30pm in Betfred League 1.
Hunslet’s 34-0 trouncing of Keighley Cougars at the South Leeds stadium last night (attendance 532) took them to second place in the table and pushed Roughyeds down to fourth behind Whitehaven, Hunslet and London Skolars.
A win tomorrow would push Oldham into second place on the same number of points as Hunslet but with a better for-and-against difference.
When Oldham and Doncaster met a week ago, Beharrell had to leave the field for a head test after taking an early knock, but he returned to take control.
Fans have been asking on social media platforms for the penalty count last week, inferring and suggesting it was heavily loaded in Doncaster’s favour.
Not so. Ian Wilson, writing in League Express, gave the final count as 9-8 to Oldham, while this reporter (Roger Halstead) had it as 8-8.
At one stage in the first half it was 2-6 Doncaster and it later went to 4-8 Doncaster, but on my count the last four penalties of the game were Oldham’s, bringing it up to 8-8.
Working on the principle that it is more likely that I missed one than Ian manufactured one, we would have 9-8 Oldham.