Easter Saturday saw Oldham 3rds away at Old Bedians playing a game which had previously been postponed due to bad weather. Oldham had good numbers approaching the weekend, but a number of cry-offs on the day left Oldham with a bare fifteen. On arrival at Old Bedians, the opposition were found to be a fit young side, not a complete surprise on Easter weekend when few games are happening in most leagues. So Oldham were going to have their work cut out.
Old Bedians put the pressure on Oldham immediately from kick off, and Oldham conceded three converted tries, after three minutes, seven minutes and seventeen minutes respectively. After the third try, Oldham switched on their game with better tackling and more organised possession, and in the twentieth minute Oldham played in the Bedians half for the first time. Bedians defended well and gained possession coming back at Oldham. But when they lost the ball near the half way line, scrum half Anthony Beswick kicked the ball long down the right wing. The Bedians defender dived on the ball to touch it down, but fumbled it in-field leaving the ball to roll free over the line for Matt Dyson to touch down after a great chase. Old Bedians scored another try after thirty three minutes, but Oldham were determined and in the fortieth minute had a great driving maul, and a pass off the back resulted in Matt Dyson sprinting in for his second try of the half. The half time score was 26-10.
The second half was a closer affair with Oldham competing well. Oldham were the first to score, when Paul Blomfield sprinted through the defence after three minutes, then converting his own try. Oldham went down to fourteen men in the seventeenth minute when Chris Gill spent ten minutes in the bin, and while they were under pressure, they conceded another try to Old Bedians. Bedians lost a prop in the second half resulting in scrums being uncontested, and this affected one of Oldham’s key strengths. Oldham suffered a further blow after twenty minutes when Les Moran was carried off the field with a bad knee injury. However Oldham battled to the end, only conceding one further try, meaning the final score was a loos by 36-17.
A number of contenders could have taken Man of the Match, but Mike Green was outstanding throughout the game, especially in his lineout work and his superb tackling.