10th April 1983: Wigan 7 Oldham 2
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Wigan 7 Oldham 2 - Sunday 10th April 1983
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Slalom Lager Championship
Kick Off: 3:00pm

WiganlBacks:l 1. Barry Williams, 2. Brian Juliff, 3. David Stephenson, 4. Colin Whitfield, 5. Henderson Gill, 6. Dennis Ramsdale, 7. Mike Ford
WiganlForwards:l 8. Danny Campbell, 9. Nicky Kiss, 10. Brian Case, 11. Graeme West, 12. Mick Scott, 13. John Pendlebury
WiganlSubs Used:l 15. Shaun Wane

WiganlTries:l

Dennis Ramsdale

WiganlGoals:l Colin Whitfield 2

OldhamlTries:l

(None)

OldhamlGoals:l

Parrish 1

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Summary:l

On the Friday prior to this contest, Wigan's two title rivals met each other in front of 20,569. Hull beat Hull KR 21-3 at The Boulevard but Wigan perhaps would have prefered for a Rovers victory because they had a straight fight on points difference with them. That derby victory was effectively Hull's game in hand on Wigan and they used it to go a point clear of them. Two days later on this Sunday, Hull were playing again but they practically had a bye against a Carlisle side that had won just 2 of 27 matches in the season so far. They won 27-4 as expected and so all Wigan could do is keep winning and hope they slipped up in their two remaining games. They got the job done here against Oldham in a tough match that was played in "vile" rainy conditions. Despite the importance of the fixture, Alex Murphy had no hesitation in giving a debut to rookie Mike Ford at Scrum Half. A try from Dennis Ramsdale in the 14th Minute settled Wigan down at 5-0 with Parrish getting two points back with a penalty in the 32nd Minute. The only points second half came after just three minutes with a penalty from Whitfield completing the scoring at 7-2. Hull KR also backed up their Friday clash with a game against Warrington but their 9-9 draw meant their title bid was over.

Half Time:l Wigan 5 Oldham 2
Attendance:l 8,501
Referee:l Peter Massey

Top of the Slalom Lager Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Hull - Played - 28 - Won - 21 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 43 - (Diff: +246)
2nd Place:l Wigan - Played - 28 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 6 - Points: - 42 - (Diff: +216)
3rd Place:l Hull KR - Played - 29 - Won - 20 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 41 - (Diff: +196)
4th Place:l Leeds - Played - 28 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 38 - (Diff: +101)
5th Place:l St Helens - Played - 28 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 9 - Points: - 37 - (Diff: +96)