Match Report: Doncaster vs Oldham

Doncaster overcame Oldham 26 – 22 at the Keepmoat Stadium to keep their promotion hopes alive.

Richard Horne’s side entered the game on the back of a 30 – 14 victory over Hunslet, a victory that means they headed into today’s game with two wins from their last three games.

Meanwhile, Oldham headed into the game with the same form as the Dons having won their last game 50-6 against the North Wales Crusaders.

Oldham got the first points of the game when they kicked a penalty in the first three minutes thanks to veteran halfback Paul Crook, he then added a second moments later to make it 4-0 to the visitors.

The visitors then threw away a massive chance to score the first try of the game when David Eccleston spilled the ball on the wing.

Doncaster grabbed the first try of the game thanks to Sam Doherty who received a well timed inside pass from Jordan Howden at dummy half.

Former Keighley Cougar Matthew Beharrell then added a further two points with a penalty kick to extend Doncaster’s lead to 8-4.

Paul Crooks reduced Doncaster’s lead to just two points when he kicked the fourth penalty of the game to make it Doncaster 8 – Oldham 6.

Half Time: Doncaster 8 – Oldham 6.
Both sides were reduced to 12 men early on in the second half with Jordie Hedges and Danny Langtree both sent to the sin bin.

Doncaster grabbed their second try of the game just after the altercation, thanks to a well timed grubber kick by Hull FC and French international Hakim Miloudi which found Brad England who touched down to make it 12-6 to the home side.

Aaron Jones Bishop looked to have sealed the game for Doncaster moments later when a precision grubber by Jez Litten found Jamaican international Bishop who grounded the ball a few inches before the goal line. Doncaster 18 – Oldham 6.

Jack Logan then scored the try of the of the game with a full length of the field try after intercepting an Oldham pass deep in the Dons half.

Beharrell converted the try to make it Doncaster 26 – Oldham 6.

Danny Langtree scored a try for Oldham moments later when he collected a loose pass and diving over to bring the visitors within 14 points. Dons 26 – Oldham 12.

Matthew Reid gave the visitors a glimmer of hope with just over five minutes of the game to go when he caught a cross field kick by Paul Crook to make it 26-18.

The visitors didn’t stop there though when David Eccleston found his way over to bring Oldham within four points. Dons 26 – Oldham 22.

But it was too little too late for the Yeds as Doncaster held on to record a 26-22 victory.

Dons Squad: Beharrell, Boyle, Doherty, Downs (D/R) England, Hedges, Howden, Kesik, Litten (D/R), Logan, Mariano, Martin, Miloudi (D/R), , Osborne (D/R), Jones Bishop , Scott, Tali

Oldham Squad: Bent, Briscoe, Crook, Davies, Eccleston, Hewitt, Hooley, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, McComb, Nelmes, Owen, Rasool, Reid, Spencer, Wilkinson

Dons Tries: Doherty, England, Jones Bishop, Logan

Dons Goals: Beharrell 4/6

Oldham Tries: Langtree, Reid, Eccleston

Oldham Goals: Crooks 3/3 Hooley 1/1

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