NORTH WALES CRUSADERS failed to maintain their unbeaten home run as they suffered a 30-2 defeat to Oldham at the Queensway Stadium.
It was the Crusaders who had opened the scoring when Tommy Johnson, who was making his 150th appearance for the club, converted a penalty with just two minutes gone to give the hosts an early lead.
However, as Oldham worked their way into the game, they began to dominate and in turn test the Crusaders’ defence.
Having held Oldham up and defended repeat sets, the Crusaders’ line was eventually broken with 21 minutes on the clock as Danny Bridge darted over from close range to give his side a 4-2 lead.
The home side’s defence continued to come under pressure from Oldham, but stood strong as they pushed Dave Eccleston into touch before he could ground the ball in the corner.
Crusaders then had their first chance of the afternoon. In a rare venture into the Oldham half, Johnson combined nicely with Stanton Albert to break through the Roughyed’s defence. However, Albert couldn’t keep hold of the ball and possession changed hands.
As the first-half entered its final ten minutes, Oldham continued to push for their second try of the afternoon.
Danny Langtree thought he had extended his side’s advantage as he leapt over in the corner, only to see play pulled back for a knock-on.
However, moments later Oldham were successful in breaking through the Crusaders’ defence as Joe Martin took the ball and powered over the whitewash from close range to send his team into the break leading 8-2.
With pressure from Oldham continuing in the second-half, they extended their lead through Danny Bridge who was sent through a gap in the Crusaders’ defence by David Hewitt taking score to 14-2.
As the second-half progressed, Oldham crossed for their fourth of the afternoon. After winning a penalty deep inside the Crusaders’ half, Bridge crashed over the line from close range to seal his hat-trick and extend the visitors’ advantage to 18 points.
Bridge continued to cause problems for the Crusaders as moments later he crossed the whitewash for his fourth, and Oldham’s fifth, of the afternoon taking the score to 2-24.
With minutes of the game remaining Oldham ran in their sixth score as Joe Martin broke 90 meters before touching down beneath the posts, taking the final score to 30-2 in favour of the visitors.
The Wrexham based side will now turn their attention to Friday’s Betfred League One clash away to West Wales Raiders
North Wales Crusaders:
Penalty: Johnson (2)
Tries: Bridge (21, 56, 65, 71), Martin (36, 77)
Goals: Crook (3/6)
Referee: A. Sweet
Man Of The Match: Tommy Johnson