Oldham RLFC 18-20 London Broncos


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?’.

Oldham RLFC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Scott TurnerFull Back000000
2Adam ClayWing000000
6Scott LeatherbarrowStand Off030000
7Dave HewittScrum Half020000
8Phil Joy 19Prop000000
9Sam Gee 11Interchange000000
10Adam Neal 22Prop000000
11Jack Spencer 9Second Row000000
12Danny LangtreeSecond Row000000
19Joe Burke 8Interchange000000
20Gareth Owen 21Hooker000000
21Kenny Hughes 20Interchange000000
22Tyler Dickinson 10Interchange000000
22Danny GrimshawCentre000000
24Michael WardProp000000
25Kieran GillWing000000
23Sam WoodCentre200000
 Total 250000

London Broncos

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Elliot KearFull Back000000
2Rhys WilliamsWing100000
3Ben HellewellCentre000000
4Adrian PurtellCentre000000
5Kieran DixonWing000000
6Jarrod SammutStand Off120001
7William BarthauScrum Half000000
10Mark Ioane 16Prop000000
11Daniel HarrisonSecond Row100000
12Matt Garside 13Second Row000000
13Jay Pitts 12Second Row000000
14Andy AckersHooker100000
16Junior Roqica 10Interchange000000
17Mark Offerdahl 18Prop000000
18Ben Evans 17Interchange000000
22Matt Davis 23Loose Forward000000
23Matty Gee 22Interchange000000
 Total 420001

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 19, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Bower Fold


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Oldham RLFC14418
London Broncos12820