“A pleasure to be working with these boys”

Date published: Monday, June 2, 2014
SOMEBODY has to be doing something right when the boss is happy with his staff and their achievements.

Happy ?
“More than that. The lads are playing for the shirt and it’s a pleasure to be working with them right now,” enthused Scott Naylor after his young Oldham outfit saw off London Skolars to some tune.
Eight tries, a fourth win in a row, unbeaten home record still intact and signs that Naylor’s men were starting to look as resilient and as well organised as they were last year, produced smiles all round at Whitebank.
Added the Oldham boss: “The result was what we wanted, obviously, but I was also happy with the level of performance and the fact that lots of things we have worked on in training are now being used successfully when it matters.
“The boys are doing a lot of good things, and it’s nice to see.
“We are playing good rugby, looking confident and playing in a way that’s a little bit more expansive.
“We are a very young team and we still have a lot of improvement in us, but we are getting better, and playing better rugby, as we go along. I’m trying to get us playing consistently in a certain way and we are starting to get close to it.
“It’s good to see the backs starting to assert themselves and play quality rugby.
“The forwards are key to everything we do, but the backs are starting to look equally as impressive, and I’m really happy about that.
“They scored some great tries and could easily have had two or three more in the second half, in which case we would have hit the 60-points mark.
“The boys know the type of rugby I’m trying to achieve consistently and if we can improve a little bit each time we play we’ll soon become a very hard team to beat.”
Centre David Cookson, whose try on the stroke of half-time gave Roughyeds a 22-10 interval lead, received the Kingstone Press magic moment award, while two-try winger Mo Agoro walked off with the club’s official man-of-the-match award.
Said club chairman Chris Hamilton: “Cookie (Cookson) has immense potential. He’s the most laid-back player in the club, but I don’t think he realises how good he can be. We’ve just seen the best of him in this match.
“Mo (Agoro) came to us from Leeds Rhinos with no experience of senior rugby, but he has grown into it and done a great deal of developing as a player in his season and a half with us.”