Ovenden secure deserved success

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A MUCH better display by Ovenden in their final home match of the short season saw them gain revenge for a narrow defeat at Saddleworth in September.

And with Tom Palmer and Luke Sandland in good form they should have reached 50 points with an outstanding second half display especially by Liam Walsh,

The home side opened the scoring in their first set. Saddleworth knocked on and from the scrum Luke O’Mara went through. He was held close to the line but the ball was moved wide for Tom McAdam to score, Luke Sandland adding the goal.

A 40-20 by Sandland put Ovenden back on the attack and they moved the ball left where a short kick was put in but the ball just eluded Steve Gracey’s attempt to touch down.

When Ovenden were penalised for a high tackle Saddleworth attacked down the left and a neat pass from Jack Bradbury sent Danny Bowker in at the corner.

The home side hit back when a break by Luke Sutcliffe ended with Tom Palmer forcing his way over, Sandland adding the conversion.

Then Sutcliffe took the ball from acting half to plunge over, Sandland’s kick hitting the post.

Again Ovenden were penalised which allowed Saddleworth back to their line and a smart passing move ended with Bowker coming inside and beating a poor defence.

Ovenden increased their lead early in the second half when Shaun Smith went over in the corner and then Graham Nash took the ball from the scrum close to the Saddleworth line and as he was tackled the defender threw him over the line to score, Sandland adding the goal.

The visitors hit back, Ethan Langhorn going in for Jack Bradbury to add the goal.

Ovenden were soon back on top and a good passing move gave Martin Mullen a try out wide for Sandland to add the extras.

Liam Walsh appeared to be over but the score was wiped out by the assistant for offside but it was Walsh who set up the next try, interceptiing and racing clear before drawing the full back to send Smith over.

Skipper Matt Turner then broke through the defence to set up Matt Collins, Sandland kicking the goal, before Sandland intercepted a pass to race 50 metres to touch down.