Twelve-man Oldham sunk by the Knights

Date published: 24 May 2021

Gutsy 12-man Oldham slid to an unfortunate 34-6 Championship defeat at York City Knights.

The turning point in an entertaining clash came a few minutes before half-time.

The scores were locked at 6-6 and Oldham were certainly playing as well as York, if not better.

On a Danny Langtree last-tackle chip, the ball bounced kindly for home centre Tyme Dow-Nikau, who picked up at speed.

He was accelerating away, but referee Neil Bennett didn’t like Tom Nisbet’s challenge and he was sent off.

The Roughyeds still caused the Knights problems either side of half-time, but eventually the fact that they were down to 12 men, coupled with the positional changes which had to be made when Dan Abram moved to full-back, proved an obstacle too far.

It would have been interesting to see how the second half would have turned out, had it been 13 versus 13.

Three players returned to the side - Danny Bridge, Liam Kirk (complete with head guard) and Tyler Dupree - and there were debuts for on-loan Nisbet at full-back and young Jamie Abram on the bench.

In a big overall team performance, there were eye-catching individual performances from Nisbet, before his dismissal, Max Roberts and Ryan Ince in the backs and Luke Nelmes. Langtree, Liam Bent, Martyn Reilly, Matthew Fletcher and Dupree in the forwards.

Winger Ince had a flying touchdown in the corner disallowed as well, but there was no denying big Shaun Pick after a quarter of an hour when he got over for a try which Dan Abram converted.

OLDHAM: Nisbet; Brierley, Bridge, Roberts, Ince; D Abram, Hewitt; Kirk, Gregory, Nelmes, Pick, Langtree, Bent. Subs: J Abram, Reilly, Fletcher, Dupree.

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