Ovenden up and running at third attempt

Ovenden 18 Oldham St Annes 8

After two narrow defeats, Ovenden registered their first win in Division Two with a good defensive display in a drab game.

Both sides were content to spend long periods driving forward with little flair.

Playing up the slope the home side kept the visitors down to a single score at the break, and made the advantage count in the second half.

The Oldham side opened the scoring after just five minutes when a high kick from Nathan Jowitt was spilled by the home side.

Terry Whalley collected and with a deft flick sent Niall Collins in at the corner.

Matt Short and Jason Dodd were causing the visitors problems with strong breaks, but when Jowitt put up another high bomb it took a great take and relieving run by Luke O’Mara to remove the pressure.

Ovenden then put in a spell on the attack with Chris Geoghan held up over the line by Whalley and Dave Sweeney before coach Gareth English went close after a break by Dean Robertshaw.

Ovenden were level early in the second half when they were awarded a free kick for offside. The ball was moved wide to O’Mara with his pass sending Dodd racing over wide out.

St Annes regained the lead when Jowitt broke from inside his own half to outpace the home defence and score a fine individual try. However, the home side hit back when the ball was moved along the line to O’Mara who sent Shawn Smith in at the corner, a superb conversion by Luke Sandland giving his side a narrow lead.

St Annes hit back with the hard working Carl Field going close, but the home defence held firm.

The visitors carried in the attack only to see Dodd intercept a weak pass and race 75 metres to score under the posts, Sandland adding the goal and also a late penalty to secure the points.