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Haven 20(10-6)17 Oldham
Awash with talent Haven came within a whisker of ridiculously
throwing the game away. But even as despondent fans left Rob
Jackson proved the fittest man on the pitch as he ran the length
of the Recre to give Haven a desperately needed win.
For much of the game Haven
were the stronger side, but their play often failed to gel and
although he got Man of the Match and the opening try, Warren
Stevens was among those making errors. Steve Kirkbride converted
this first, but he failed to convert Spence Miller's second try.
In the second period Leroy Joe saved one crucial defence break
by Oldham, but soon after Leigh Smith did not have the legs to
complete a break through. Haven should have hammered home their
domination of much of the play. But the game hung in the balance
until Lester furiously burrowed his way across the line and it
seemed as Haven would atrt to get their ryhthm. But it was soon
thrown to the winds as former Saints man Joey Jones nipped in
on the right wing. Then the normally reliable Howard Hill let
the Oldham left winger through to leave it a grim 16-16. Soon
after Oldham got a blazingly obvious drop goal and all seemed
lost. But then the Kells End had their final joy as Rob Jackson
out ran the entire Oldham pack.