Oldham upbeat despite Halifax friendly defeat

Date published: 15 March 2021

Although they were beaten 30-18, Oldham players, coaches, officials and fans were upbeat after Saturday's Halifax Panthers friendly as they looked ahead to this Saturday's (March 20) visit of League 1 side Barrow Raiders (12.45) in the first round of the Betfred Challenge Cup.

Reason for the Roughyeds' quiet optimism was a massively improved performance from the heavy defeat at Featherstone first time out.

Due to injury and sickness, unrelated to Covid, Matt Diskin's men were without several senior regulars, but they rolled up their sleeves to make sure a strong and experienced Halifax side knew they had been in a tough, physical game.

They trailed only 10-6 at half-time and although they conceded six tries to three overall they were equally as good as the Yorkshiremen for at least an hour.

Oldham tries were scored by full-back Dan Abram; replacement back Callum Green and second-row forward Danny Bridge, while Abram landed his own conversion and James Barran added two more.

This Saturday's cup-tie against Barrow (12.45) will be streamed live on Our League, FREE to Oldham season-ticket holders and available for £4.95 to everyone else if taken up by Friday, or for £10 on the day of the game.

Go to the Roughyeds website for details of how to register.

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