18th March 2017, 20:22 | ChallengeCup
Oldham survived an early scare against Haydock, as they secured a 40-12 win over the only amateur side left in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, in the fourth round feature game.
Haydock, the lowest-ranked side to have ever reached the fourth round of the competition, made a lightning-fast start to the clash as they went 8-0 up inside the first 10 minutes as tries from captain Jordan Gibson and Dean Dollin sent the huge away following crazy.
But hosts Oldham, who were ranked 71 places above North West Mens Premier Division side did eventually find a response as Italian international Richard Lepori and Michael Ward put them 10-8 ahead mid-way through the first game.
Man-of-the match George Tyson then scored for the Championship side before centre Danny Grimshaw gave Oldham a healthy 20-8 advantage at half-time.
The next try was going to be crucial and it went the way of Oldham as Lepori scored his second to set the hosts on the way to victory.
Joe Burke, Castleford Tigers loanee Kieran Gill and Adam Clay all went in for second half tries for Oldham, but Haydock’s massive away support had one last cheer as Steve Jones scored their third try in the final play of the match.
Oldham coach Scott Naylor was particularly complimentary of opponents Haydock, saying: “The fans that they brought, the way that they played and the way that they handled themselves, they’ve got to be really proud of how they got on today.
“I thought that the pitch was a bit of a leveller away but that shouldn’t take anything away from the passion and drive that they came into the game with.”
On Friday night, Toronto Wolfpack upset Championship side London Broncos, as they held off a second half-comeback to make the fifth round with a 30-26 win.
Craig Hall, Liam Kay and Jack Bussey all scored converted tries for the Canadian side as they led 18-6 at the break. Jarod Sammut had scored London’s only first half try.
Willie Barthau reduced the deficit to 18-12 but tries from Jonny Pownall and Rhys Jacks put the Wolfpack 30-12 ahead.
Cue a late surge from the hosts as Sammut scored his second with Elliot Kear and Kieran Dixon making it 30-26, but Broncos couldn’t find a crucial late try to pinch the game.
Dewsbury Rams avoided a potential banana-skin against in-from League 1 side Newcastle Thunder, as they secured a 36-8 victory at the Tetley’s Stadium.
Paul Sykes, Aaron Ollett (2), Brandon Douglas, Dale Morton and James Glover all scored tries for Dewsbury.
Returning to Saturday’s action and Batley Bulldogs produced an impressive performance to beat fellow Championship side Toulouse Olympique XIII, who had earlier thrashed them 44-6 in the league this year.
Scores from Sam Smeaton (2), Danny Cowling, Dave Scott, James Brown and James Manning ensured Matt Diskin’s side progressed to round five.
Swinton Lions meanwhile cruised to a 40-8 victory over London Skolars, with tries from Shaun Robinson (2), Mike Butt, Grant Gore, Anthony Nicholson and Andy Bracek.
Barrow Raiders cruised to a 20-0 win over Keighley Cougars in an all-League 1 clash in Cumbria, with Lewis Charnock (2), Shane Toal and Declan Hulme all scoring for the hosts.