Oldham Vets stepped up a league this week to play a third team fixture against Dukinfield 2nd team.
The sun was out and the pitch was hard which are conditions that do not really suit the Vets style of play but in the first half the Vets were the more dominant of the two teams. The forwards regenerated the ball well and trundled up the pitch threatening to score on several occasions but Dukinfields defence were strong and they held the vets out then against the run of play Dukinfield broke in the backs and after a couple of missed tackles from Oldham they managed to score a try in the corner. Oldham were down but not out and again ploughed forward in the pack with Rick Brierley and Nick McDowell taking the ball back into the pack to keep the momentum going, and this eventually paid off when Paul Goodier managed to go over to score a good team try. This was converted by Danny Smith. The game restarted but some ill discipline from Oldham gifted a penalty to Dukinfield in front of the post which they kicked for another 3 points. Oldham again regrouped and pushed up field and after a superb drive from the pack Andy Newton darted over from five yards to score Oldham's second try again converted by Danny Smith. This saw the end of the first half.
The second half started much the same but Dukinfield had realised that they could not compete with the power of the Vets pack and they started moving the ball into the backs constantly. This was the catalyst for Oldham's downfall with poor tackling from the Vets backs and Dukinfield being allowed to run with the ball. Dukinfield scored three tries converting one and also kicking a second penalty. Oldham's only second half success was a try from Mark Hodge his 21st of the season after some clever play from the pack. Man of the match was Oldham's Nick McDowell who did his best to stop Dukinfields second half onslaught.