Today's game pitted second in the league against an Oldham team that is undefeated at home. The main part of the game was dominated by both sets of forwards with hard fought scrums with both sides taken their fair shares of drives and showing the power to dominate when they needed it most.
If either side had held there nerve in crucial moments throughout the game either side could have walked away with a three try advantage at least. Both sides determined to win showed a lack of composure at critical phases of the game either with simple dropped ball, unforced knock-ons or unnecessary passes when a simple take and secure would have in most cases resulted in a short worked try.
Oldham drew first blood after a glimpse of their home form that has them undefeated at home and sitting seventh in the league, Martin Kenny going over for his 10th try of the season, converted by Rhys Jones.
Broughton Park Hit back pretty much from the re-start after Oldham, as was present throughout the game, were too busy complaining about plays and decisions and failing to play to the whistle. A quick line out and some fast hand saw Broughton Park level the score with 20min of the first half to play. The rest of the half saw both side miss chance after chance, which made for a good spectator game if nothing else.
The second half was pretty much the same as the first, Oldham drawing fist blood with Martin Kenny scoring his 11th try again converted by Jones. Again as in the First half Broughton Park were the quicker for the re-start catching Oldham on the back foot going over for the easiest try of the game if not the season as Oldham fell into the argument mode and internal bickering.
With 25 mins to go both sides missed two penalty kicks to take the opportunity to go ahead and break the dead lock. Broughton Park eventually did just that slotting over a penalty which looked to have won them the game with 10mins to go only to give a silly penalty away just a moment later just slightly right of the posts some 25meters out. A very nervous Jones took his time and made what seemed to be a simple kick to level the scores at 17-17.
The game ended as it had been all game with at least one missed opportunity from both sides, but in the end both side were happy not to have lost the game, Broughton Park stay second in the league while Oldham remain undefeated at Manor Park.
Special mention to Paul Goodier who had to leave the game with concussion and Alex Nixon with a torn hamstring as well as several other players who are showing the scares of what was a hard fought game.