Oldham 3rds had a home game to start the year against Lymm. The game got under way and Lymm started strong, winning ball in the loose in the pack and their backs running hard stretching the Oldham defence, but Oldham defended well and kept Lymm at bay, great committed tackling from Keith Chaddwick and the Oldham backs but as Oldham tired a bit Lymm started to find gaps and they went over to score 2 quick tries both converted.
Oldham started coming more into the game as players settled into their positions, the Oldham pack were dominant in set plays winning scrums and line outs which gave the talented young backs some good ball,
Aaron Flemings and Martin Kenny in centre for Oldham making good ground and putting Lymm on the back foot. Oldham forged up field linking forwards and backs brilliantly and scoring a well worked try with Carl Molloy touching down in the corner.
Oldham were looking the stronger team but then just before half time Lymm managed to break Oldham's defence and score their 3rd try which they again converted.
The first half ended with the score Oldham 5 Lymm 21, but this did not reflect the game at all.
The second half started and Oldham were again the stronger team, Dom Hall superb in the loose, great skills from Louis Fitton and Paul Blomfield soon set up a try superbly finished by Flemings, jinking his way over to score. Then shortly after a long kick was put in by Oldham's winger Molloy and it was a foot race to the ball which Molloy won to score his second of the game.
The game was finely balanced but in Oldham's eagerness to win the ball the referee gave 2 penalties to Lymm, both a long way out but both converted.
Oldham were still playing well but with the last play of the game Lymm's clever backs again broke Oldham's defence and scored under the post again converted.
Final Score Oldham 3rds 15 - Lymm 3rds 34
A great game that was close with the score not telling the story of the game. Some outstanding effort from Oldham with Flemings, Hall and Carl Gemmell doing well but Man of the match was given to Carl Molloy.