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15th October 1946: Oldham 7 Wigan 21
Posted by cherryandwhite on November 17 2012 - 13:27
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Oldham 7 Wigan 21 - Wednesday 15th October 1946
Venue: Watersheddings, Oldham
Competition: Lancashire Cup Semi Final
Kick Off: 3:30pm

Wigan Backs:l 1. Martin Ryan, 2. Brian Nordgren, 3. Johnny Lawrenson, 4. Ernie Ashcroft, 5. Gordon Ratcliffe, 6. Ces Mountford, 7. Tommy Bradshaw
Wigan Forwards:l 8. Kee Gee, 9. Joe Egan, 10. George Banks, 11. Harry Atkinson, 12. Eddie Watkins, 13. Jack Blan

WiganlTries:l Ernie Ashcroft 2, Johnny Lawrenson, Brian Nordgren, Gordon Ratcliffe
WiganlGoals:l Johnny Lawrenson 3


Wigan were back in Oldham after the sides had met in the league on Saturday. This time a place in the Lancashire Cup Final was at stake. Oldham started strongly but blew opportunities to perhaps be as much as 10-0 up in 15 minutes. Wigan though saw off that pressure and took the lead themselves with a converted try from Ernie Aschroft under the posts. Oldham's Griffiths responded with a penalty goal. That made it 5-2 to Wigan on the half hour when it looked like they'd literally suffered a bad blow. Ces Mountford was concussed and left dazed for the rest of the match. He "refused to retire" but did have to switch to centre with Ashcroft moving to Stand Off. Ashcroft would struggle in that position but no sooner as Oldham's luck looked in, it was soon lost. In preventing Gordon Ratcliffe scoring a try right on half time with a head on tackle, Oldham's Griffiths' suffered a serious cut that saw him retire from the match. So Oldham had the whole second half with just twelve men and Wigan took advantage of this to find tries from Johnny Lawrenson, Brian Nordgren and Ratcliffe on top of a second for Ashcroft seeing Wigan into a second Lancashire Cup Final in a row.

Lancashire Cup Second Round First Leg Results

Wednesday 15th October 1946
Oldham 7 Wigan 21

Thursday 16th October 1946
Belle Vue Rangers 5 Widnes 0

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