This weekend saw Oldham 3rds at home for the first time this season on a balmy late September afternoon in the sunshine, on a grassy but firm Knott Lanes pitch. The game was against local arch-rivals Aldwinians, which is always a fixture Oldham want to win for pride. The Oldham squad turned out with good numbers, but Aldwinians arrived with twelve, meaning Oldham had to lend them two players in order to play fifteen against them. Thanks to Johnnie Leach, Kieran Burrows and Phil Walmsley for stepping up to assist the opposition during the game.
Oldham had a swift start to the game, with Kieran Burrows running in a try with great pace within the first two minutes. Aldwinians looked shell shocked, and within the next few minutes John Charlton had scored Oldham’s second. Oldham were looking strong, and were dominant in both forwards and backs. The scrum caused problems all the time for Aldwinians due to Oldham’s great front row and pack strength. John Charlton scored the next two tries, and Matt Burgess scored the final try of the half, all without reply from Aldwinians, meaning Oldham had a commanding lead at half time.
In the second half, Aldwinians put in a spirited shift, determined to take away a score from the game, and their efforts were rewarded with two tries. But they never looked like closing the gap. Oldham’s try tally in the second half included two from David Ashton, and one each from Paul Blomfield, Jim Foster, Dan Atkinson and Kevin Golland. All in all it was a mighty performance from Oldham, who will take some confidence away to Didsbury TocH next week. Man of the Match went to Matt Burgess, who put in a mighty shift for eighty minutes, continuing to make his mark on his long awaited return to the game.