After the current run of away losses despite the home performances the management team especially the captain came into this game with an air of caution as the team seemed to be lacking the luck, aggression away from home that is ever present when playing at Manor Park.
Despite the best efforts of Paul Watson (Captain) Jim Nixon (assistant Team Manager) anything that could have gone wrong before the match seemed to do so with half the team getting caught in traffic and not making it to the ground until 20 mins before kickoff, with two key players not making it until 10 minutes from the end. This showed in the performance from start to finish.
Glossop took advantage of a reshuffled Oldham side scoring 3 early tries. Oldham got into the game with a penalty before half time to make the score 15 - 3
Oldham couldn’t get in to any sort of rhythm and with the game beginning dominated by mistakes Oldham saw the wrath of the referee receiving 2 yellow cards and 1 for Glossop, it was quite possibly the most stop start game of the past 2-3 seasons.
The second half was more Oldham’s but they could only manage to cross the line once when Ryan North produced a devastating run from deep to score near the posts. He converted his own score.
All credit to Glossop who handled the difficult situation and managed to put on the better performance on the day keeping a slightly calmer head to grind out the win and continue to the next round with a late converted try.
Oldham shining light of the game, Man of the match and try scorer was once again Ryan North who showed the flashes of brilliance that has been ever present this season scoring all of Oldhams points.
Oldham now move on to the next weeks away match away against Rochdale where a home performance is needed on the road to gather a win which will hopefully settle the side for the visit of high flying Broughton Park the following week.