26th March 2019


Betfried League 1 – 24 March 2019

Oldham 34 London Skolars 4

Skolars fell to a heavy away defeat, scoring one solitary try. James Meadows tried to unlock the Oldham defence early on with a couple of grubber kicks, but it was the home side that opened the scoring through Phil Joy who touched down despite a high tackle on his way to the tryline. They went further ahead after they charged down a Skolars’ kick and then gained further possession from a penalty, With Zac McComb taking advantage of some slack tackling.

Skolars had a chance to attack early in the second half when Richard Wilkinson stopped a penalty kick from finding touch, with Jordan Williams’ run getting him close to the line, but Phil Joy scored his second try for the Roughyeds, taking a short pass from Matt Wilkinson at speed to score under the posts, with Dave Hewitt kicking an easy conversion. His penalty kick a few minutes later was from further out, glancing the inside of the post on its way over.

Skolars kicked out on the full from the restart, giving Oldham another penalty. McComb was held over the tryline from the resulting attack. Skolars’ try came from another Meadows’ kick, with Joe Brown taking it to score outwide on the left, though he couldn’t add the conversion in a strong wind.

Two further tries in three minutes from Jack Spencer and Kyran Johnson increased the Roughyed’s lead. Skolars tried to stop the flow of attacks, getting a hand to a couple of Oldham passes, but that saw them have to defend repeated tackle sets and eventually a gap came for Lee Kershaw to score on the right with four minutes remaining.


5 Richie Hawkyard

21 Lee Kershaw

28 Jack Holmes

16 Zac McComb

1 Kryan Johnson

7 David Hewitt

16 Adam Brook

8 Phil Joy

9 Gareth Owen

10 Scott Law

12 Emmerson Whittel

17 Ben Calland

13 Jack Spencer

Subs (all used)

30 Titus Gwase

20 Matt Wilkinson

16 Ben Davies

24 Liam Bent

Tries: Joy (15,52), McComb (22), Spencer (67), Johnson (70), Kershaw (76)

Goals: Hewitt 5/7


1 Craig Mullen

2 Iliess Macani

4 Omari Caro

3 Jacob Ogden

5 Joe Brown

14 Richard Wilkinson

7 James Meadows

8 Will Martin

9 Mike Bishay

10 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones

11 Jordan Williams


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