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22nd August 1997: Oldham 26 Wigan 32

Oldham Bears v Wigan Warriors - 1997 Super League II Round 20.
Friday 22nd August 1997. Kick Off 7:30pm at Boundary Park.

Match Report from www.theboltonnews.co.uk

A week of turmoil off the field at least ended with a win on it for the Warriors.

Their top four hopes are still alive but they will have to make a vast improvement if they are to have any hope of beating newly crowned champions Bradford on Monday or Leeds next Friday.

They struggled to dominate an injury-ridden side fighting for Super League survival but fed effectively off the scraps that came their way.

Recalled winger Danny Ellison had a remarkable game with a hat-trick of tries in the first half hour, but it was livewire full-back Jason Robinson who was the Warriors most potent attacking threat.

"It was good two get two points on the board and we will go to Bradford looking for a win to get into the top four," said Robinson. "There has been a lot of turmoil at the club and we have not being doing well but the lads have had a meeting and we all know we must pull together."

Andy Farrell could only convert one of Ellison's tries and Oldham clawed their way back into the game just before the break with a David Jones try and two Francis Maloney goals.

In the second-half Farrell added a penalty but Paul Davidson powered over and Maloney goaled to put the Bears right back in the game.

Wigan quickly hit back when Henry Paul scooped up a lost ball after a collision between two Oldham players to set up Kris Radlinski for a try before Robinson raced 60 metres for a brilliant individual effort. Farrell added both goals but Oldham would not lie down.

Weak tackling allowed Luke Goodwin to score and Maloney goaled before Gary Connolly put Andy Johnson in at the corner to seal the Bears fate. A late Chris McKinney try and Goodwin goal was too late.

Coach Eric Hughes was relieved to secure two valuable points.

"It was a much needed win," he said. "I asked the players to give 100 per cent and they did. Oldham made it tough as they are fighting for their lives but I don't think the scoreline reflected the game."

Wigan: Robinson, Johnson A, Connolly, Radlinski, Ellison, Paul, Murdock, Cowie, Hall, Hansen, Haughton, Cassidy, Farrell. Subs: Holgate (for Cowie 31), Cowie (for Hansen 67), Johnson P, Tallec, Cardiss.

Oldham Bears 26   Wigan Warriors 32
Paul Davidson
Luke Goodwin
David Jones
Chris McKinney
Tries Danny Ellison (3)
Andy Johnson
Kris Radlinski
Jason Robinson
Francis Maloney (4)
Luke Goodwin
Goals Andy Farrell (4)
  Field Goals  

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Attendance: 3,354

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