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  1. Delighted he's staying.. Dewsbury tried very hard to sign him, but he has demonstrated great loyalty, and his commitment to Oldham is hopefully a sign that he is confident of a big season ahead for the club
  2. Yet another defeat in a close game. Yet another outstanding defensive display. Yet another less than average display in the halves. Yet another poor kicking display,especially first half. Yet another game when we generally looked clueless within 10 metres of their line. Yet another poor refereeing performance. Another game we certainly could,and probably should, have won. First half was a fairly even arm wrestle,where we didn't really threaten their line. Second half, with Crook off,we dominated possession and field position.Looked far more dangerous with Wilko at dummy-half,and we played with more freedom,especially after Holmes' try off a great Hooley pass.Last few minutes they were hanging on for dear life,but,to be fair,their tackling was first class.They were also helped by a diabolical refereeing decision,which robbed us of a set of six on their line. Overall,we were desperately unlucky to come away with nothing.Magnificent effort and commitment-not enough quality with ball in hand when it mattered.A repeat performance will see us run the Bulls very close.
  3. Bitterly disappointed that we didn't strengthen the squad before Friday's deadline.Most of our rivals managed to secure some good deals, notably Tyler Dickinson to Workington, yet, for whatever reason we drew a big fat blank. Our small squad cannot afford many more injuries(Luke Hooley out for a month) or we will struggle to field 17 players. With the deadline having passed, does anyone know if we are totally on our own now to the end of the season? If the worst came to the worst, and we had only 16 fit players, would we just have to suck it up? Personally, I'm resigned to another season in League 1, even if we make the play-offs. The season has turned progressively more sour for us; the Salford DR non-event, Adam Neal's injury, Leigh's fire sale, the Danny Bridge affair and finally, the lack of signings before the deadline. Who knows what next season will bring? Whatever happens I will be there, home and away, because watching Oldham RLFC is like a drug that I can't give up.
  4. Another painful experience watching us labour yet again against play-off rivals. For 75 turgid minutes we relied on one-man drives and a kick on the last tackle,and all we had to show was 3 Crook penalties. Midway through the first half, we should have scored in the corner,but somehow we contrived to bomb a clear overlap as Eccleston juggled with a poor pass and then failed to ground the ball properly. That would have put us 8-0 up with the conversion to come.In their next set, Doncaster scored and we found ourselves 6-4 behind. Then, early in the second half,we force an error in their half and should have been looking to take advantage from the scrum. Instead,Langers gets involved in some argy-bargy and concedes a penalty from which they score their 2nd try. The 3rd try was also easily-avoidable,when Hooley tried to shepherd a kick dead,and allowed their winger to pounce.The 4th try was a 80 yard breakaway,after a poor Crook kick went straight to hand. After Langers scored one of his trademark tries,we started throwing the ball about with Owen having replace Crook,who had been subbed - far too late in my opinion.Reid and Eccleston tries followed in quick succession,but it was too little too late. We can't seem to handle pressure situations,especially when things start going against us. I'm sure they get frustrated when they can't turn good field position into points. The lack of creativity in the halves is there for all to see,with a kick often being the best option of scoring. His goal kicking apart,Crook is no better than Leatherbarrow, and Hewitt blows hot and cold. Thank God for our forwards who have rarely took a backward step all season. If we are to have any chance in the play-offs - and it must be touch and go making the top 5 - the problem in the halves needs to be addressed immediately.
  5. Shockingly poor tonight.Out enthused in the forwards,absolutely nothing from the half-backs,countless unforced errors and too many penalties conceded.On current form,the Championship is a long way away.
  6. Left Odsal with mixed emotions last night. As always, the effort and commitment couldn't be faulted,but the first half display was disappointing. We struggled to complete our sets,and poor discipline made a difficult task almost impossible. In the first 20 minutes of the second half,there was only one team in it,and at 18-12 we looked as if another score would set up a grandstand finish. After the disallowed try,on the intervention of the touch judge, we looked a little deflated. Yet,it was only 20-12 (two tries each) with 9 minutes to go. The two late tries definitely gave the final scoreline a misleading look. Langers and Kyran were excellent throughout and all the forwards stood up in the second half. The referee was abysmal.No consistency,easily influenced by the crowd and too many arbitrary decisions. The play the ball is a major area of concern these days,with too many penalties spoiling the flow of the game.The referee for the Fev-Wolfpack game was even worse - blowing up almost 30 times! Is it just me,or is the standard of refereeing as low as it's ever been? Got to agree with JR about the cost of entry. £20 to stand on an uncovered terrace,under floodlights with two-thirds of the bulbs out is a disgrace.
  7. Went to the ex-players' annual sportsmen's night instead with Malcolm Lord as Master of Ceremonies and Eorl Crabtree as guest speaker. Over 180 there - brilliant night, sat between Hugh Waddell and Ian Birkby.
  8. Scott Leatherbarrow was very poor for us last season.Don't expect him to take games by the scruff of the neck,or take the line on.Defensively average and a reasonable place kicker.His does have deceptive pace - he is actually slower than he looks! Hope you manage to get more out of him than we could.Along with Dave Hewitt at scrum half,we had the worst half-back pairing in league one by a country mile.
  9. Quietly confident. No Shaun Robinson today for them - he always causes a problem. Keep Anthony Nicholson and Jack Murphy quiet and we have a great chance. Let's get behind the boys - it's do or die!
  10. Three games to go and everyone is,understandably,looking at the remaining fixtures and trying to work out which computation of results would suit us best.As yesterday's result at Dewsbury shows,this is a difficult,and ultimately futile,exercise. All we can do is concentrate on our own performance,and forget about the things that we can't control. After our last two results,which have lifted the spirits of the fans and changed the atmosphere around the club completely,we are facing the biggest 3 games in the club's short history. What would I like to see in these games? I would like to see the same valiant,aggressive defence displayed against Batley and the Hornets,typified by the first 20 minutes of the second half yesterday. I would like to see the same hard-running from all the forwards,exemplified by Wardy,Joe Burke,Sid and my personal man-of-the-match yesterday,Luke Adamson. I would like to see more sniping runs from dummy half from Sammy,Matty and Kenny Hughes,who was back to his best yesterday. I would like to see Chewy build on his increasing confidence in taking on the line,creating chances for support players,as with Luke Hooley yesterday. I would like to see less indiscipline.All teams concede penalties,but yesterday,we gave away a further 10 metres on two occasions for backchat. Most of all,though,I would like to see,and hear,all those magnificent fans who made the trip yesterday,supplemented by "fringe" Yeds,at those last 3 games,cheering them to safety. If it comes down to needing a win against Dewsbury in our last game,I would encourage CH to reduce admission prices,or even consider free entrance.This would not only hopefully boost the attendance,but serve as a massive "thank-you" to the loyal Yeds,who have stuck with the team throughout this difficult season..............yes,I know I'm dreaming!
  11. Does anyone have a definitive explanation of the dual reg situation. Am I correct in thinking that if a player has 8 or more appearances for a club,he can play for both them and his host club in the Shield games? If that is the case,we might get Sam Wood,Tyler Dickinson and Nathan Mason for some games - or is that just wishful thinking?
  12. Started badly,and went downhill fast. From 22-0 down,we scored two short-range tries to put us back in it at half-time. They scored in first five minutes of second half and we capitulated,scoring another short-range effort near the end. We were out-enthused,out-muscled and outplayed all across the park,conceding too many penalties(Ben Davies sin -binned) and made too many unforced errors. Hard to pass judgement on Luke Hooley and Ben Morris,as we were constantly on the back-foot.However,they do lack size.Alongside Kameron Pearce-Paul and Connor Williams,they formed a back division that was conceding size,power and experience to Sheffield's backs,and they were always going to struggle. Fozzard and Minchella were outstanding and they provided plenty of quality early ball for their wide players. Grimshaw and Hewitt were largely anonymous -not surprising playing behind a beaten pack-and our completion rate was very poor.On the positive side,Adam Clay again put in a shift and Sammy Gee provided some much-needed aggression when introduced early in the second half. We are unlikely to face opposition that play at such a high tempo,with such a high level of skill in our remaining 6 games.We badly need George and Adam Neal back,and,hopefully a bit of help from the Giants,although I'm not sure about the regulations regarding DR players in the Shield.Anybody know if any might be available to us? With confidence low,and new, inexperienced players thrust into an injury-ravaged team,it is hard to feel confident about beating the drop. Looking at some of the body language today,I'm not sure that the players believe they can do it.We badly need a boost from somewhere,and quickly,if our Championship status is to be preserved.
  13. J McMullen on Sunday J Roberts on Wednesday
  14. Out for the season with a serious knee injury. Blow for us,but an even bigger blow for Kieran. Get well soon and looking forward to seeing you cheering on the lads when you're able.
  15. It might be stating the obvious,but one thing is for certain - on current form,we WILL be relegated. For much of the first half there was nothing between the two teams.Our tackling was an improvement on recent games,but yet again,with ball in hand,we were absolutely clueless. Once they scored their first try off a Lippy error,the writing was on the wall. Although we came out for the second half with a bit more fire in our bellies,we still didn't look like scoring,until Lippy scooted in late on.We still shipped two more tries to a side,that,despite being inconvenienced with injuries during the game,still had the desire and skill to take the points. Yet again our halves were woeful.Owen had another shocker (why was Sammy not playing instead of carrying the water on?!) The new lad from Batley looked unfit and is no better than what we've got. Davies not selected yet again,and no sign of Chisolm. Things are not right,on and off the pitch. Confidence must surely be very low,but where is the team spirit? As usual,Adam Clay,Lippy,George,Wardy and Adam Neal put in a shift,but we need that same commitment from 1-17. Something radical needs to be done,and quickly. If Grimmer is out injured,that limits our options in the halves - but even if fit,Scott seems reluctant to even try him at 6. If our halves and hooker are not functioning,we will not score enough points to win games. 5 drives and a kick is not only boring,but it hasn't produced any results lately. We need to find some new blood,either on loan(preferably) or on DR,or we are going down. Coming away from the ground,I have never seen so many despondent Roughyeds. I hate to say it,but if we don't halt the slide and go down,I think it will be the end of the club. Can anyone give me something to cheer me ? Can anyone see a light at the end of the tunnel?
  16. We(Oldham),have just signed Brad on a month's loan.Can anyone tell us anything about him? Thanks.
  17. If he has gone,it should not be forgotten what he has done for the club.It seems now though,that he has taken us as far as he can.We don't know what's gone on behind the scenes,but it has been obvious that something hasn't been right for weeks.Whilst I have always wanted to back his judgement,several team selections have left me scratching my head. Chisolm ignored for no apparent reason,3 hookers in the 17, Hewitt dropped too late,blind faith in Owen and a reluctance to try Grimmer at 6. For me, DR has been nothing short of disastrous this season.None have performed any better than we have already and Liam Bent has potential,but is not big, or, experienced enough. Ally these to a very one-dimensional game plan and a brand of rugby that has been very difficult to get excited about,and you can see why we are heading towards Championship 1.Even when we were 10 behind today,we still persisted with 5 one-man drives and a kick.We needed our halves to take the game by the scruff of the neck - but that was never going to happen was it? I said it months ago that we had the worst 6 and 7 in the league,and nothing has changed my mind since. i know we haven't got the most gifted players in the league,but for the first few games of the season,team spirit and hard graft allowed us to grind out results. That spirit has obviously gone(with notable exceptions),and, without that spirit from 1-17,we are doomed. So,whether it's Scott's fault or you put the blame at the feet of the players,something has to change.As always,the truth lies somewhere in between.Whatever the reasons,we need to stick together as fans,give thanks to Scott for what he has done for us,and get behind whoever takes over.
  18. Just signed for us (Oldham). Is there anything I should be getting excited about?
  19. Another massively disappointing display.Despite holding a 10 and then a 12 point lead we never looked comfortable.Every time Batley got into our 20 they looked like scoring,and once they sorted out their defence wide on the left we struggled to break them down.We resorted to our usual five drives and a kick,and were second best in the forwards yet again. We badly missed players with the bulk of Mason or Dickinson,and despite the obvious effort put in by Mikey Wood and Liam Bent,we are struggling badly up front at the moment,What has happened to the defence? Where's the never-say-die,defend your line at all costs attitude gone? We were supposed to be fresh and raring to go for this "vital" game,but once they went behind just after half-time,there was a worrying change in body language.Nobody on that pitch seemed able to rally the players.Owen as captain? For me, doesn't appear to have worked. He is still struggling for form,and he is certainly not the answer at 7. I'm at a loss as to why Grimmer isn't given a chance at 6. At least he would take the line on,and improve our one-dimensional play with ball in hand. Leatherbarrow's confidence seems to have disappeared,especially his kicking game.I think a radical re-think regarding our halves is needed,and quickly,or we will be dragged into the relegation dogfight. I've heard that Danny Yates is not 100% happy at the Hornets - umh? The most worrying aspect of our recent play though is the wafer-thin defence.Defence is about attitude and commitment,things you can't coach.You either want to put your body on the line for your team-mates or you don't.I'm afraid,at the moment,too many players are choosing the latter option. It's time now for Nobby to get the players to have a long hard look at themselves,and,take his blinkers off regarding the dire situation in the halves.
  20. Well played Batley-thoroughly deserved victory.It would have been so easy to capitulate at 0-10 and then 10-22.Once you sorted out your left-sided defence,we had nowhere to go except up the middle,and your forwards were strong enough to hold us. You were totally dominant in the second half,and even managed to create an overlap for Reittie to stroll in when you were a man down. You looked hungrier than we did,and looked capable of scoring every time you got in our 20. Good set of supporters helped to create a lively atmosphere,spoiled only by another shocking refereeing display.No excuses from me - outplayed by a better team on the day.Maybe you are slowly turning that corner.
  21. Kevin Taylor - great hooker and tackling machine Paddy Kirwan - body of a rag doll,heart of a lion
  22. We are just waiting for RL approval to host the game at the home of Manchester Rangers at the Manchester Regional Arena next to the Etihad.
  23. Mason and Dickinson are not in Huddersfield's 19 tonight. Maybe they are injured? Hope not!
  24. Cheers Graham.We're very inconsistent recently,so I wouldn't like to say which way it will go.
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