Gateshead Thunder were made to feel the full force of high-flying Oldham as yesterday’s Kingstone Press Championship One clash went the way of the form book.
The visitors were second in the standings going into the Filtrona Park clash having lost just three times all season, Thunder sitting second-bottom with only Gloucestershire below them. The West Country side’s win over Oxford yesterday inched Gateshead closer to the bottom spot once again, having ended each of the past three seasons propping up the division.
They trailed by double figures after just 14 minutes, Oldham running in a brace of early tries to hammer home their supremacy.
David Cookson was first over for the Roughyeds, Lewis Palfrey converting in a slow start for the home side.
Palfrey was once again called to slot the extras when San Gee breached the Thunder try-line, but head coach Kevin Neighbour’s side did at least show the required fight to battle back and level the scores.
A Sam Latus try had them off and running on 17 minutes, and when Connor Young crossed for the second the conversion from Hardcastle had the teams tied on 12-apiece.
Oldham assumed a 24-12 half-time lead as Cookson sped in for his second of the afternoon, the boot of Palfrey doing the rest as three penalties sailed between the posts to punish Gateshead indiscretions. Richard Lepori continued the visitors’ domination by crossing in the opening minute of the second half, more than 25 minutes passing before the try-line was breached again.
When the next score came it was Oldham doing the damage, Sam Gee crossing past the hour mark.
Mo Agoro added one last try as Oldham boosted their score, the result by this time well beyond doubt.
Gateshead now have a week in which to lick their wounds and attempt to bounce back, although they will be clocking up the miles in doing so as they travel to London Skolars on Sunday.