Once again, Oldham came close to nicking a point against one of last year’s top four teams but a penalty miss in the final minutes denied them. Last week, Scott Leatherbarrow was off target with his penalty which would have levelled the game against Featherstone had it gone through the sticks. Against the Broncos, it was the turn of Dave Hewitt who smashed the ball against the post to the despair of the home crowd as the capital club triumphed 20-18. However, this shouldn’t deter anyone away from the fact that Oldham mean business this season. Rhys Williams won the match for London with four minutes remaining as he sprinted the full length of the field to touch down.
Sam Wood got Oldham off to a flying start inside the first minute before Jarrod Sammut responded with a try of his own for the Broncos. Wood completed his brace on 23 minutes as Oldham hit the front once again but they were pegged back soon after thanks to Andy Ackers. The Roughyeds ended the half in the lead courtesy of a penalty goal from Leatherbarrow.
After the restart, Hewitt kicked two consecutive penalty goals to give his side a six point advantage but London, who beat Swinton late in the day back in round one, made a move in the final quarter. Daniel Harrison registered a try on 66 minutes but Sammut couldn’t convert, leaving the hosts ahead by two points but there would be a couple of twists in the tale before the end. Welsh international Williams made an exceptional break from deep in his own half and he had the legs to go all the way. Sammut was off target with his conversion and London were 20-18 up but it seemed like they would only be leaving with a point when Hewitt opted to take the two points in the dying embers. However, the former St Helens youngster couldn’t convert and the Broncos were left to celebrate while Oldham trudged back to the changing rooms thinking ‘what if?’.