With no scheduled league fixture at the weekend, Oldham accepted the offer of a home friendly from Lostock, a club which has reformed this season and is currently playing friendly fixtures while applying to join NOWIRUL leagues next season. With all three teams out, and the weekend originally having been scheduled as a free weekend, Oldham were struggling to get a full scratch side together from the thirds. So at kick off time Oldham only had ten players; however Lostock had turned up with fifteen, so the game started with twelve vs thirteen. Conditions were excellent for a February fixture, and this was the only home fixture, so was played on the first team pitch.
Lostock kicked off and when Oldham ran back at them they faced strong tackles and rucking, and the first turnover happened after a minute or so. Lostock’s strong runners showed their hand quickly, and an early try went on the board. Lostock were clearly a good side who as a one side club are training regularly and playing well organised rugby. Oldham played determinedly, but in the first twenty minutes Lostock had notched up four tries and Oldham hadn’t yet found a response. More players began to arrive for Oldham after this, with Wayne Hadfield, Nathan Taylor and Chris Gill all taking to the field (after turning up to watch the game). Oldham fared better with more players, but were still unable to find a score, and most of the first half was played in Oldham territory.
In the second half, Lostock still had the edge overall, but Oldham scored two great tries. The first came from Nathan Taylor with a powerful run breaking the Lostock defence line, and the second came from a short kick over the heads of Lostock from Mike Green, which Wayne Hadfield spotted and ran through for a great catch, continuing on to score the try. This was converted with a drop kick by Steve Jenkins.
The final score was 12-49. All in all two teams got a run out, and the Club got a home fixture. Thanks to all the Oldham lads who turned out to play a tough game.