Gateshead Thunder 12-44 Oldham RLFC
Oldham too strong for Gateshead
John Ford scored a hat-trick of tries as Oldham kept the pressure on Kingstone Championship 1 leaders Crusaders with a 44-12 win over Gateshead.
The Roughyeds made a bright start and tries from David Cookson and Sam Gee, both converted by Lewis Palfrey, gave them an early 12-0 lead.
Sam Latus got the hosts back into the game but further scores from Cookson and Ford (2) saw Oldham take a 32-6 lead into the break.
Gee, Ford and Mo Agoro stretched the visitors' advantage before Jacob Blades claimed a consolation for Gateshead with Luke Hardcastle adding his second goal.