Oldham RLFC v Bradford Bulls
Sunday 16th September 2018, 15:00pm
League 1 - Round: 25
Stats over last 8 encounters
Facing an in-form Oldham outfit out who challenge table topping York City Knights to a close defeat last week, Bradford battled their way to a 24-16 victory over the Lancashire based side.
The home side started the game with the same fire and determination struck fear into the fans of the Knights fans last week, scoring two early tries to gain a 10-0 lead.
After a gift from the Bulls, Oldham took the lead with an interception from the base of the scrum in their own half to put the first points on the board.
Just moments later the Roughyeds struck once more as a perfect weighted cross field kick saw the Oldham winger contest and batt backwards to his centre counterpart, who dove over in the corner.
Despite being forced onto the back foot early, Braford showed dogged resolve to come back through Academy starlet, Matthew Storton.
After making his first appearance of 2018 last week in the club’s record away victory over West Wales Raiders, matched with a try, the second row continued his scoring form.
Taking the delayed pass from Dane Chisholm, the 18-year-old powerhouse outpaced the fullback and made his way to the whitewash.
Stripping the red and white men of momentum, Bradford scored once more with George Flanagan with a typical pump fake on the face of the line.
After just entering the field the number 9 fooled the line with a dramatic fake pass and dove over for four points to help the Bulls take the lead before Keyes converted.
Before the half-time hooter rang around the Vestacare stadium, Ross Peltier barged his way over the line to further extend his sides’ lead.
Oldham came out of the half-time team talk appearing to be a new side.
Re-energised, a side that dropped to ten men in the closing moments manged to hold the Bulls to a scoreless second half.
As the two sides were locked in a tense arm-wrestle through the second period of play, Oldham eventually broke the line despite being sent down to twelve men as Davies saw red for dissent.
Briscoe scored the only try of the second half after he latched on to a offload just metres out from the Bradford goal line, the forward dove through a gap.
As the game drew into the final stages, Bradford intercepted a pass with Elliot Minchella and combined with the quick play of the ball from Flanagan, Luke Hooley was sent to the sin bin for a professional foul.
As words were spat amongst the two sides following the tackle, Nelmes of Oldham also saw the red card for swinging his fists.
Bradford left Oldham with another two points and preparations will now begin for the final regular game of the season as we host Hemel Stags at Odsal on Sunday.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill, Hitchcox, Egodo, Gibson, Ryan, Keyes, Chisholm, Kirk, Lilley, Crossley, Storton, Minchella, Wood.
Interchanges: Flanagan, Bustin, Green, Peltier.
Goals: Keyes – 4/4
Tries: Storton (20’), Hitchcox (35’), Flanagan (37’), Peltier (38’)
Oldham RLFC: Hooley, Kershaw, Reid, Holmes, Johnson, Owen, Hewitt, Neal, Hughes, Joy, Briscoe, Briscoe, Langtree, Bent.
Interchanges: Spencer, Wilkinson, Nelmes, Davies.
Goals: Hooley – 2/3
Tries: Hewitt (12’), Reid (15’), Briscoe (76’)