HEMEL STAGS V OLDHAM MATCH REPORT hemelsta.champmodel.dyndns.info

6th August 2018


H/T 12 - 36

The Stags came up short against 6th placed Oldham but, following last week's victory against West Wales, they again emerged from the game with credit and increased confidence. They also scored one of the best tries seen at Pennine Way!

The stags were the first to score. On 4 minutes Oldham were caught offside and with a well worked move and a snappy pass from Shaun Roberts, Dean Roberts found enough space to canter over the line. Jack Mitchell adding the 2 pointsOldham redressed the balance on 10 minutes, a mix up in the Hemel defence gave veteran Danny Langtree the chance for a relatively easy score.. Paul Crook converted, as he did with every Oldham try for a 100% success with the boot in a man of the match performance.

By the time the game had reached the half hour mark Oldham were in command having racked up 5 converted tries and with the scoreboard showing 30 - 6 in the visitor's favour it wasn't looking good for the Stags. The players thought differently though and started to put Oldham onto the back foot with some spirited play an it came as no surprise when Corey Hanson crashed over from close range to register the second Stags' try, again converted by Jack Mitchell. The visitors scored just before the hooter to make the half time score 12 - 36.

As has happened a few times this season Hemel got caught cold at the restart,  conceding after just two minutes with the Stags defence failing to pick up on a show and go from Wilkinson who had all the space he needed to go over unchallenged. 19 year old Lee Kershaw got the first of his brace of tries when he collected a high Hemel bomb in his own half and sprinted up the field to dot down.

Hemel showed the character that they have demonstrated in recent games, refusing to buckle and got their reward when a cross field ick by Mitchell caused confusion in the Oldham defensive line, Kieran Smith pouncing on the loose ball to score.

Oldham's Kershaw got his second try before Prop Lewis Taylor  scored one of the best tries seen at Pennine Way when Oldham dropped the ball over the Hemel line, Taylor gathered up the ball to literally run the length of the field jinking past would be tacklers, changing direction when he was about to get caught and then simply running through the last Oldham defender to dive over the line to score a try, the film of which as since gone viral on social media!

Oldham sored from another "show and Go", this tome from Crook but Hemel scored the last try of the day, The Referee awarded Hemel a try for an off the ball tackle and the move was finished by Marcus Stock crossing the whitewash. Jack Mitchell converted to end the scoring for the day.

Dean Thomas was pleased with the Stag's gutsy performance saying "We are still making some silly errors such as failing to pick up on dummy passes at close range but otherwise I thought our defence was good. The main thing is that we know what we are doing wrong and that is half of the battle, what we need to do is fixable and if we play like we can, but do it consistently, then I know we can upset some of the better placed teams. We are improving week on week.

Next Sunday the Stags face a trip to West Leeds to take on Hunslet

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