Match report: OLDHAM ROUGHYEDS 60 LONDON SKOLARS 6 at Vestacaire Stadium

21st August 2022


AFTER last week’s resounding victory, Skolars were themselves routed away at Oldham.
Skolars had started brightly, with Neil Thorman’s 40-20 kick giving them possession deep into the opposition half. An
incorrect play on the second tackle ended that set but they were close again a few minutes later when Lameck Juma got
over the tryline, but lost the ball as he tried to ground it.
That gave Oldham a tap restart on the 20 metre line and they advanced upfield, being held over the tryline before Alex
Sutton raced onto a kick into the in-goal area to open the scoring. Sutton made a break two minutes later for Oliver Field
to score.
Skolars then had to defend two goal-line drop-outs as the home side applied the pressure with Tom Spencer cutting
inside to score Oldham’s third try. Skolars then had good spell of pressure, one chance being ruled out for obstruction
before Lameck Juma raced over after a break by Elliott Hutchings, with Phil Lyon converting.
They had another chance soon afterwards when Phil Lyon kicked though the defence and raced to the ball, but was
adjudged to have knocked on. Oldham took full advantage and James Thornton brushed off the defence at the other end
a few minutes later.
Skolars won possession from their kick-off at the start of the second half, with Aaron Small and Juma being held over the
line. They forced a goal-line drop-out, but the home side’s defence held out and Martyn Ridyard kicked a 40-20 after
which Sutton was just able to stretch out to the tryline. A kick from their next set saw Juma obstruct the line of an
opposition player as they both ran for the ball and he received a yellow card. Skolars almost held out for the ten minutes
he was off, but Oldham created a three man break for Logan Astley to score. Astley scored the next try, finishing off a
break from deep in side Oldham’s half.
With Skolars starting to tire in the heat, Liam Copland went over in the corner, Ridyard kicking his eighth conversion of the
afternoon. Dave Hewitt took over the kicking duties after touching down from a dummy pass and he converted a late try
by Kian Morgan.
23 Kian Morgan
22 Liam Copland
31 Connor Carr
30 Alex Sutton
1 Owen Restall
6 Martyn Ridyard
7 David Hewitt
35 Jack Bibby
29 Robbie Butterworth
10 Tom Spencer
24 Ethan Ferry
32 Oliver Field
13 Emmerson Whittel
Subs (all used)
28 Logan Astley
17 Jack Coventry
16 James Thornton
14 Sean Slater
Tries: Sutton (9,44), Field (11), Spencer (20), Thornton (34), Astley (56,65), Copland (70), Hewitt (75), Morgan (80)
Goals: Ridyard 8/8, Hewitt 2/2
1 Jacob Thomas
2 Leighton Balll
3 Jerome Yates
4 Aaron Small
20 Errol Carter
7 Phil Lyon
6 Elliott Hutchings
8 Judd Greenhalgh
9 Neil Thorman
10 Christian Gale
11 Luciano Bejanidze
12 Lameck Juma
13 Liam O’Callaghan

Subs (all used)
15 Matt Ross
14 Doug Chirnside
22 Anthony Cox
19 Harry Kaufman
Tries: Juma (29)
Goals: Lyon 1/1
Sin-bin: Juma (49) – obstruction
Half-time: 24-6
Referee Matthew Lynn
SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 12-0, 18-0, 18-6, 24-6; 30-6, 36-6, 42-6, 48-6, 54, 60-6.


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