Oldham 24 Hunslet Hawks 23: Sloppy Hawks throw it away

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Hunslet blew a golden chance to be the first team to win at promotion rivals Oldham this season.

With 10 minutes left they led 23-16 but seemed to lose their way after prop Michael Haley and Oldham’s George Tyson were sin-binned for fighting in the 68th minute.

All they could muster after that was a long-range drop goal by Thomas Coyle, as Oldham won it with late tries by second-row pair Danny Langtree and Josh Crowley.

Earlier, man-of-the-match Jimmy Watson scored a try and set up others for Lee Brickwood and James Houston, while the impressive Danny Grimshaw scored Hawks’ only first-half try with a delightful dummy and shimmy close to the line. Andy Ballard landed three goals.

Oldham: Nield; Agoro, Cookson, Ford, Clay; Roper, Palfrey; Joy, Owen, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Robinson, Ward, Wood, Tyson.

Hunslet: Watson; Duffy, Brickwood, Maun, Ballard; Grimshaw, T Coyle; Houston, March, Haley, Lyons, Oakes, Mackay. Subs: Tebb, Reed, Stenchion, Clough.

Referee: Warren Turley (Leigh).

Attendance: 678.

Bradford Bulls-bound Hunslet captain, George Flanagan.

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