THERE are two away games still to go so nothing is cast in stone yet, although Oldham look certain to be heading for the play-offs in seventh heaven and in a rich vein of form.

Since suffering humiliation in a 31-0 thrashing at Doncaster on June 9 this was Roughyeds’ seventh win in eight outings and they rammed home their authority this time by running in seven tries to the visitors’ three.

Coming only seven days after another top-drawer performance in a 28-20 home win against high-flying Newcastle Thunder, it raised hopes and expectations of Scott Naylor’s men finishing the season with something tangible to celebrate before the long-serving boss heads off into the sunset.

Victory was again based on teamwork, tenacity in defence and the authority of the forwards in winning the ruck and exploiting the skills from dummy-half of Gareth Owen and Matty Wilkinson.

Doncaster could not cope with the home side’s rapid play-the-ball and the speed and incisive running of Owen and Wilkinson from the back of the ruck.

Owen, the club captain, had a blinder, easily his best showing since he returned from a long lay-off with a serious foot injury two years ago.

This was the Owen of old. In the first half hour, before he was replaced by Wilkinson, he set up tries for Liam Bent and Danny Langtree.

Then, on returning to the fray deep into the second half, he carried on where he had left off by fully exposing Donny’s defensive vulnerability around the ruck.

His cleverly-concealed pass sent powerful prop Scott Law surging for the line. Though held just short, he popped out a pass and a jubilant Owen, thumping the air in delight, pulled it in to score behind the posts.

“He gave me the nod and the wink that he was going to give me a flat pass and then I heard him shouting for the ball again in support on my left,” revealed Law.

It was magic for him – it won him a club award – but it was a magical moment too for Owen, whose explosive attacking form was a reminder of days gone by and a clear warning he is getting ready for big things in the play-offs.

Langtree was also back to his best against the side he played for on dual-registration from Hull earlier in the season.

This was more like the ‘Langers’ Oldham fans know; scoring one himself and creating the game-breaker 16 minutes into the second half with a couple of dummies to escape the clutches of a crowded defence before giving Paul Crook a walk-in.

Donny reduced the home lead from 18-4 to 18-8 just before half time and they resumed determined to score first. It was the only period of the game in which Roughyeds had to withstand constant pressure.

They soaked it all up and then Langtree came up trumps.

From the moment Crook capitalised to score and then add the conversion to extend the gap to 16 points at 24-8, Naylor’s men were home and dry.

More tries followed, Cameron Leeming and Wilkinson the men to touch down before, uncharacteristically, the home side conceded a soft try by Russ Spiers.

There was still time left for Owen to add Oldham’s seventh try to crown another first-rate show which augurs well for the exciting weeks ahead.

OLDHAM: Hawkyard; Kay, McComb, Leeming, Johnson; Crook, Hewitt; Joy, Owen, Law, Bridge, Langtree, Bent.

Subs: Smith, Wilkinson, Whittel, Beckett.

Scorers: Oldham -- goals, Crook 6/7; tries, Bent, Hawkyard, Langtree, Crook, Leeming, Wilkinson, Owen.

Doncaster -- goal, Howden 1/2; tries, Doherty (two), Spiers.

Referee: John McMullen.

Attendance: 745.