Oakdale Workers record hard fought win over Campbelltown City

A second half double from Josh Burke guided the Oakdale Workers to a hard fought win on Sunday.

The Workers sealed a 26-10 victory over Campbelltown City Kangaroos at Fullwood Reserve in round 14 of the Group 6 first grade competition.

Oakdale was made to earn its win in perfect weather conditions to keep its faint finals hopes alive.

Campbelltown City opened the scoring after nine minutes with winger Josiah Lealamisa crossing.

Oakdale returned serve through recruit Addison Demetriou, who was impressive alongside partner and former Kangaroo Josh Burke against Sam Aiga and Ihaia Kohonui.

Both sides traded blows in the first half, but neither was able to add to the scoreline as the Workers held a narrow 6-4 lead.

Both teams were reduced to 12 men each, when an incident nine minutes before half time saw Oakdale's Demetriou and City's Rayne Horrigan sinbinned for their involvement.

Neither side could take advantage of the personnel change and the Workers led 6-4 at half time.

Demetriou scored his second try almost immediately after play resumed, extending Oakdale's lead to 10-4.

However, City wouldn't roll over with veteran Chris Williamson capping off a nice team play to score.

The scoreboard was level at 10-all after 50 minutes.

Oakdale hooker Alec Bush, who was a star for the Workers all afternoon, cashed in after a play with halfback Arthur Little and the visitors led 16-10.

Both Bush and Little were instrumental in the win for Oakdale, along with veterans David Lowe and Matt Jones.

Burke's first try with 14 minutes remaining gave Oakdale some breathing room as they stretched out to a 22-10 advantage.

The Kangaroos were again determined to not give up and kept threatening the Oakdale line.

However, they weren't able to capatlise on their chances.

Burke's final try came from a scrum win with five minutes left, cruising in to score and seal a well-deserved win for Oakdale.

Oakdale's coaching staff of Brendan Reeves and Russell Lewis would have been pleased with the effort from their side.

The halves of Little and Jake Steadman were very impressive in their direction of play, with the forwards - led by Lowe, Jones and Jason Thompson - laying a platform for their win.

Bailey MacBeth worked hard but was hampered by an injury, which eventually forced him from the field in the second half.

The other round 14 results saw The Oaks and Narellan share the points after a thrilling 24-all draw at Dudley Chesham Ova while Thirlmere sealed a 38-22 win over Mittagong.