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Oldham crash in League One play-off semi-final
Monday 1st October 2018 @ 12:32 by Mark Phillip
Sports

Oldham’s 2018 season ended with a disappointing 47-0 defeat by Bradford Bulls at Odsal in the Betfred League 1 promotion semi-final.

Workington won at Doncaster in the other play-off game, so the Cumbrians go head-to-head with the Bulls at Odsal for the right to join title-winning York City Knights in the Championship next year.

Intriguingly, Workington did a league double over the Bulls, winning at Derwent Park early in the season and then completing another win at Bradford more recently.

Oldham, alas, face another season in the third tier after competing strongly for 20 minutes or so and then collapsing to be on the receiving end of their biggest defeat of the year.

In fairness, they went into the game without four suspended players — Danny Bridge, Ben Davies, Luke Nelmes and Luke Hooley — and it was to prove too much of a handicap in a game too far for Scott Naylor’s men.

Four times they had men held up over the Bulls line, but in the main they struggled to break down a well-drilled home defence.

In stark contract, Bulls led 19-0 at half-time and went on to finish with eight tries, five of them in the second half and four of those in a ten-minute spell when Lee Kershaw was sin-binned for kicking the ball away in frustration after a Dane Chisholm 40-20.

He hadn’t been back long when Gareth Owen was also shown yellow for a high tackle.

Ross Peltier ran in to spark a pile-up and he was also sin-binned as the tie finished with 12 men on each side.

By Roger Halstead

Pictures: Nigel Wood