Rugby league: Mayfield 30 - 38 Oldham St Annes

Date published: 16 June 2021

Local rivals Oldham St Annes beat Rochdale Mayfield in their first meeting for a number of years in the National Conference League on Saturday (12 June).

A lovely summer’s afternoon saw the Oldham side put pressure on from the kick-off which saw them take the lead in the fifth minute with a converted try. They continued to pile on the pressure until Mayfield – in form of prop Simon Moore – crashed over the whitewash, which was converted by Cole Connolly.

Visitors St Annes scored a further two tries, seeing them go in at half-time with a 20-6 lead.

The second half saw Cole Connolly and then Simon Moore score, making it 18-20 and the fightback seemed on until a bit of backchat saw half Zak Hartley sin binned, resulting in two converted tries by the Oldham side while he was absent for 10 minutes.

Back to full strength, the Castleton side seemed to be clicking with Jack Kelly and the returned Zak Hartley crossing for well-worked tries that were converted by the sponsors’ man of the match, Cole Connolly.

This took Mayfield within 2 points but St Annes man of the match, Callum Fletcher, found a gap in the field defence, taking them two scores ahead once again.

The match sponsors – Newhey Lodge, Murphy Specialist Transport and Oak Restorations Limited – chose Cole Connolly as their man of the match.

Sponsor Brian Spreadborough said: "What a great game of rugby league that was today; it was two sides giving their all. Mayfield are certainly moving forward as a club and had a great day."

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