Oldham 3rds approached the game this weekend with a 50% win record so far this season, so were looking to swing the balance away at Altrincham Kersal. The team hadn’t been to Altrincham for a number of seasons, so had no recent history to compare but both teams were mid table before the game and looked to be matched on form. Altrincham had three teams out at the weekend, so it looked like both teams had genuine 3rds squads out for a closely competed fixture. Despite awful weather in the last couple of weeks, the surface was perfect and conditions on the day were good for the start of the fixture. A mention of thanks is due at this point to Jack Cavanagh and Andrew Hurley who each played half a game for Altrincham.
Not deviating from the usual run of events, Oldham were slow out of the blocks and Altrincham ran in their first try in the first five minutes. Oldham were not rattled though and just needed to settle the game and look after the ball. This they did and within minutes Rob Froggatt made a run down the outside centre channel, snaking through three defenders and scoring in the right corner. From this point Oldham played more confidently, although on occasions still rushed under pressure making their game untidy. However they stayed on top of the game and Rob Froggatt capitalised on Oldham’s possession by scoring another two tries in the first half. At half time it was three tries to one to Oldham.
Substitutes came on for Oldham in the second half, and the fresh legs kept Oldham in the game and stretched their lead. First to score was Kev Golland, with a forty yard run that was actually fifteen, and this was converted by Rhys Jones. Rob Froggatt was next, converting his own try. Wayne Hadfield put himself on the score sheet next, although typically detracting from a great try by disrespecting his chaser on the run in and being given ten minutes on the side by his own team. The final try was a pacey dart for the line by Jake Mulder in his second game for Oldham 3rds. Altrincham scored a couple of times in the second half, but Oldham were the better team on the day, with a final score of 19-39.
Man of the match wen to Jake Mulder for a great performance through the game and the final try.