6th August 2019

BetFred League One – 3 August 2019

London Skolars 14 Oldham 15

Skolar’s narrow defeat at the hands of third placed Oldham meant they must almost certainly need to win their three remaining games to have a chance of qualifying for the play-offs.

Problems on Oldham’s journey down meant a delayed kick-off, but it was the visitors that were quick off the mark. Harry Aaronson made a break down the right wing. His run was stopped by Mo Agoro, but Oldham then swung the ball out to left for Cameron Leeming to go over in the corner.

Skolars had a couple of chances to score, with Iliess Macani and Rob Tuliatu both being held-up over the tryline. However, when they gave away a penalty on the fifth tackle on halfway, Oldham attacked with Dave Hewitt slipping past the defence to score under the posts.

The visitors were caught napping at a scrum on Skolars’ 20 metre line, when Iliess Macani took a pass on the blind side and raced past the defence to race to the other end of the field. Skolars had to a lot of defending with Oldham regularly looking to keep the ball alive when close to Skolars’ line.

As the half-time hooter sounded Oldham received a penalty five metres into Skolars’ half and Hewitt was successful to put his side 6-14 up at the break.

Skolars had the better of the early stages of the second half, starting with a break by Jerome Yates from deep in his own half. Neil Thorman kicked a penalty to narrow the margin to six points, but they soon found themselves again needing two scores to win after Hewitt kicked a drop-goal for the Roughyeds.

Oldham showed some determined tackling, earning a goal-line drop-out after forcing Elliot Jennings back over the tryline. Jennings back over the tryline. James Beckett, making his debut whilst on loan from Featherstone was held up over the line after a barnstorming run. Both sides defences dominated the later stages of the game, but with less than two minutes remaining, Omari Caro broke down the right wing from halfway. Neil Thorman kicked the touchline conversion to narrow the deficit to one point, but they only had time for three tackles and were stuck in their own half as the hooter sounded.


 2 Iliess Macani

  5 Mo Agoro

  3 Omari Caro

  4 Elliot Jennings

  1 Jerome Yates

14 Richard Wilkinson

21 Jy-Mel Coleman

10 Judd Greenhalgh

 9 Neil Thorman

22 Mike Greenhalgh

12 Rob Tuliatu

11 Jordan Williams

18 Eddie Mbaraga

Subs (all used)

20 Matt Davies 

15 Matt Ross

17 Liam Scott  

16 Lamont Bryan

Tries: Macani (22), Caro (80)

Goals: Thorman 3/3


 5 Richie Hawkyard

21 Lee Kershaw

 3 Zac McComb

29 Cameron Leeming

28 Harry Aaronson

15 Adam Brook

 7 David Hewitt

 8 Phil Joy

 9 Gareth Owen

13 Jack Spencer

25 Danny Bridge

16 Danny Langtree

24 Liam Bent

Subs (all used)

10 Scott Law

20 Matt Wilkinson

12 Ed Smith

17 James Beckett

Tries: Leeming (3), Hewitt (14)

Goals: Hewitt 3/3

Drop-goal: Hewitt

Penalty count: 6-5

Half-time: 6-14

Referee: Liam Staveley

Attendance: 355

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-12, 6-12 6-14; 8-14, 8-15, 14-15

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