Featherstone Rovers marked their first match in over a year with a comprehensive 54-10 victory over Oldham at the Millenium Stadium.
Rovers took the lead after just six minutes, as Tom Holmes’ cutout pass found Ben Blackmore, who scored in the corner. Craig Hall was off target with the conversion to make it just a four point lead.
That wouldn’t matter though, as just two minutes later, Featherstone scored again. Josh Hardcastle kicked towards the in-goal, and Holmes pounced for his first try back in Rovers colours. Hall was on target this time to make it 10 points in 10 minutes.
Just shy of the quarter of an hour mark, Featherstone scored their third try, as James Harrison barged his way over. Hall added the conversion to keep the strong rate of 16 points in the first 17 minutes.
It was like Featherstone had never been away. They added a fourth try soon after, as Gareth Gale did well and then found Brad Day to score. Hall kept up his good record for 22 points in 22 minutes.
Four minutes later, it was another try for the hosts, as Hall put a kick into the in-goal and Connor Jones marked his return to the Featherstone team with a try. Hall missed the conversion this time.
Just before the half hour, Rovers added a sixth. Day did well to keep hold of it, and got over for his second of the afternoon. Hall was back on target, and it was 32 points in 29 minutes.
Oldham finally had something to show for their efforts after the half hour, as Ryan Ince managed to get himself over. Dave Hewitt missed the conversion attempt.
The final word of the half would go to Featherstone, as Frankie Halton broke free, and found Blackmore, who went over for his second. Once again, the conversion was off-target.
Just six minutes into the second half, Featherstone were over again as Nu Brown marked his first game for the club with a try. Brown took the conversion himself, but put it wide.
That wouldnt matter, because just two minutes later, the hosts were over once again. This time it was Dean Parata who scored, after being put through by Luke Cooper. Hall took the kicking duties back and converted.
Parara struck again just before the half hour, after being put through a gap by Jack Bussey. The conversion was missed, but Rovers had hit the half century.
Right on the hour mark, Featherstone struck for the final time, as John Davies managed to barge his way over.
The final word would go to Oldham, as Matthew Fletcher managed to barge his way over underneath the posts. Hewitt scored the conversion to put the visitors into double figures.
It was exactly the opening game Featherstone were looking for, as they look to dust the cobwebs away, having not played for a year. They continue their preperations for the new season, when they welcome Batley Bulldogs to Post Office Road next week.
As for Oldham, they will hope to be a bit sharper when they welcome Halifax Panthers to Bower Fold next week.
Featherstone Rovers: Craig Hall, Gareth Gale, Kris Welham, Josh Hardcastle, Ben Blackmore, Tom Holmes, Dane Chisholm, Craig Kopczak, Connor Jones, James Harrison, Brad Day, Frankie Halton, James Lockwood.
Subs: Nu Brown, John Davies, Jack Bussey, Luke Cooper, Callum Field, Dean Parata, Jake Sweeting, Dale Ferguson, Louis Sheriff, Jimmy Beckett, Loui McConnell, Jacob Doyle, Harvey Spence, Liam Whitton.
Head Coach: James Webster
Oldham: Dan Abram, Tommy Brierley, Max Roberts, Ryan Ince, Joe Hartley, Lewis Charnock, Dave Hewitt, Phil Joy, Gareth Owen, Liam Kirk, Liam Bent, Danny Langtree, Martyn Reilly.
Subs: Ben Heaton, Luke Nelmes, Tyler Dupree, Matthew Fletcher, Jode Sheriffe, Callum Green, Danny Bridge, James Barran, Ben Holcroft, Declan Gregory.
Head Coach: Matt Diskin