The Hornets raced into a 16 nil lead and they fully deserved it, like South Wales last week Oldham's ability to play for the full 80 mins is absent despite the squads increased levels of fitness. Oldham were kept to a single score in the first half, Oldham's defence was solid at times but three try's down the Oldham right hand side cost Oldham the match in the first half.......I have mentioned this weakened right hand side every game but still we concede try after try down that side........it is not rocket science..... Mo had a good game catching every ball in the air but he can't tackle for toffee.
The second half Oldham came out and went 18 16 ahead with some very progressive offensive work, Rochdale looked on the ropes but no sooner had we took the lead, Rochdale went over to retake it. An unfortunately an unforced error 10 meters from the Oldham try line by Mo cost us another try and the match...
A detailed report will follow but Oldham didn't deserve anything today and we lucky grab a bonus point, The Rochdale forwards were bigger and stronger, just like North Wales and this is going to be an issue all season.
This season comprises of 16 games and there is no room for error but Oldham have have already committed an unforeseen error by losing at home to local rivals Rochdale on the opening day of the season.
I examined the league and predicted we would lose four matches this season, those being North Wales home and away, Rochdale away and London Skolars away that would have given us eleven wins and a total of 33 points, enough to finish second but after today's poor performance we are already down to ten wins which equals to thirty points and maybe now third or even fourth place in a league of development teams. After seven seasons in the bottom tier we are not showing any signs of progressing on the field.
I had a new found optimism for this season but after today's poor show the team have managed to burst the bubble and I have come crashing down to earth with a massive reality check.
I heard the team vice captain talking to the players about winning next weeks game at Hunslet in the cup but the league is the only priority for me...Three points dropped today so welcome o the play off's, in such a small league we can not gain automatic promotion if we continue to put that type of performance in every week.
Edited by oldham13, 29 March 2013 - 06:01 PM.