The team featured some very welcome new players to our code, Michael Bleese, Michael Grimes and Joe Greenough. Also saw new Captain Louis Dobson returning to rugby after four years out. The pack featured young and old alike with the front row average age of 20 and the oldest behind them 37. The back line looked pretty scary featuring some real athletes.
The game started with some very early pressure from Bury met with fantastic commitment in defence from Oldham, Oldham could not get out of their own half for the first 15 mins but all credit to the team as a well organised unit Bury could not capitalise. Oldham now well warmed up won against the head at the scrum on half way and the ball found its way to the big scary unit at full tilt, Martin Kenny, first bursting two tacklers and then two more one on one situations to cover 50 metres and score. A great effort that put a smile on everyone’s face, the kick was converted by Rhys Jones.
Through some more positive forward play featuring Andy Newton and Martin Meggison the backs prospered from a set play for Kenny again bursting through 5 players to score, a great play again converted by Jones who really had his kicking boots on.
A solid lineout at the Bury 10m line saw the ball leave the set piece and find its way to Jordan McEwan who drove forward at full pace for a brilliant individual try, beating 3 players no less.
Oldham then let the mistakes creep in with a few naive plays at the bury line that should really have been converted to points. Bury’s old heads and well drilled side then finally saw the line with a 3 try’s before half time.
At half time Oldham reorganised with Paddy Farnan and Mike Green making a welcome addition to the pack. Farnan soon stamped his authority and experience on the pitch and at times was taking the game to Bury on his own, despite the gray hair he looked every bit the class act and some of his crunching hits had the rest of us cringing and smiling at the same time.
Oldham’s second half was one of swinging fortunes and saw them again missing at least four try scoring opportunities. Bury took their opportunities and converted at every chance. Despite Jones adding a penalty kick to Oldham’s score Bury proved to strong during this second half.
All in all there wasn’t a player from Oldham that had not given all they had and could not hold their head high, what more can the club ask.
Final Score Bury 2’s 42 v Oldham 3’s 22
Captains Man of the Match was Martin Kenny.