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Rochdale Deserve Opening Day Win and Three Points Dropped

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Rochdale Hornets deserved the opening game day win and Oldham were lucky to grab a bonus point.

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.

Regards

Disappointed!!!!!!

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So whats the thoughts on this division with the big Hemel win at London Skolars.

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Hi, Sorry not seen the results yet!!!!Did Hemel win?

Yes, Good win for Hemel and an opening day victory for Oxford with 3 ex Oldham players scoring 6 of the teams 7 try's

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Like others I'm also disapointed with the result and the manner in which we opened the first half. I just hope they bounce back as well as they did after the North Wales game. On a different note, i was really sad to hear Oldham fans turning on Chris Hough's wife and kids. We all know Houghie and he can take all the flak you can throw at him but it's out of order when his wife and kids get stick. To be honest that's sickened me even more than the result.

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Like others I'm also disapointed with the result and the manner in which we opened the first half. I just hope they bounce back as well as they did after the North Wales game. On a different note, i was really sad to hear Oldham fans turning on Chris Hough's wife and kids. We all know Houghie and he can take all the flak you can throw at him but it's out of order when his wife and kids get stick. To be honest that's sickened me even more than the result.

Anyone who abused his wife and children should be banned from the ground for life! Disgraceful behaviour if true!

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I assure you it's true, i spoke to Chris' wife Nicola and boys on their way out and we have chatted on fb. It's just not on and this wasn't a drunken young yob. He was abusing Chris and was told he was out of order and so turned on them.

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Who ever it was thats totally out of order and deserves to be banned from future matches by the club

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I agree, no place in rugby league for disgraceful behaviour like that.....Oldham has always been a friendly place to watch rugby, so lets keep it that way.

In the cold light of day, I can't help but feel yesterday was a wasted opportunity to get league campaign off to a great start, we are chasing the rest of the pack already!!!

Rochdale were the better team and we reverted to script under pressure........

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Although we were naive in the first half we had the opportunity to win. But two incidents lost it for us. The kick out on the full took the ball back to our half. From there they scored. And the second incident when Agoro spilled the ball allowing them again t o score. A tale of if onlys once again.

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There is no need for abuse of any kind in rugby or any game. To subject an ex player and his family to it is a disgrace. That person should be named, shamed and banned whoever they are.

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Hi Harry, If I knew the guys name I would be telling the club but I know him by sight but what annoyed me was that stewards went and stood by but did nothing about it. If he's there at the next match, i will certainly be challenging him.

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The abuse is unacceptable.

For the game we should accept that on the day Rochale had the better game plan and deserved the win.No point beating ourselves up, we are still a good team who will be in with a shout of promotion at the end of the year.

We are a young team and will learn from this experience...as will the coaches.

Rochdale moved Thompon to loose who had a good game and targeted Dally from the off, worked him hard and got into his head in the end i'm afraid.Again Dally will learn from this but i think a rocket for walking off is coming his way.

Thought we missed the experience of Rhoden, Michael Ward (who is absent for exams I think) for his go forward and Gilchrist(injured) for his agression and power in defence and attack.

Roll on next week, this season ain't gonna be for the faint hearted.

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Hi Harry, If I knew the guys name I would be telling the club but I know him by sight but what annoyed me was that stewards went and stood by but did nothing about it. If he's there at the next match, i will certainly be challenging him.

The stewards should be reported as well and stopped from doing the job. That is one of the things they are paid to do. If you see the chap who was abusive tell the club management and let them deal with it.

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I would play Roden every week. The team needs his experience and guidance on the field.

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I honestly don't know if the stewards knew what had happened or just resonded to the disturbance. But at least two of them stood there for the remainder of the match. To be honest i had no fear for Nicola, the guy was a far bigger whimp than she will ever be , but Nicola or her lads should never be put in that position again. Neither should our lads and their families. Sorry about this because we should be talking about the game. And as disapointed as i was, well done Hornets. But come on you Yeds!!!!!!!!!!

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