Always nice to win- Scott Naylor

Date published: Monday, March 18, 2013

A FOURTH win in five games, including friendlies, gave Scott plenty to feel happy about at Whitebank on Sunday as the clock ticked down to the start of the all-important league campaign, now only 12 days away.

We go to South Wales on Sunday in our last Northern Rail Cup group game and then we entertain Rochdale at Whitebank on Good Friday (3pm) in our opening game of the Kingstone Press Championship One campaign. With only 16 league games there is no margin for error if we are to succeed in our declared intent to win promotion this year.
So put that in your diary now —- Good Friday (3pm), Whitebank, Oldham v Rochdale in the BIG ONE.

Going back to the Gateshead game, we won 34-16 and there were loads of positive boxes for Naylor to tick.
He said: “It’s always nice to win. In the first half we were exceptional; patient in our build-up and in the way we created pressure; and totally professional in the way we went about our business.
“The scoreboard ticked over nicely, but I knew Thunder would come back at us and have a good spell, as they did in the second half.
“By then, the speed of the ruck was a lot slower and we started to make mistakes for the first time, two factors which affected us and meant we had a lot more defending to do than we did in the first half.
“!t also showed that Thunder have some dangerous players, and that they will be very competitive in Kingstone Press Championship One.
“On the whole I was very happy with our performance, but we do have things to work on before the next game.
“Other than that, the players who came into the side, Neil Roden, Kenny Hughes and Phil Joy, each did an excellent job.
“It was pleasing to see that we have at our disposal a full squad of players who are ready and able to step up to the challenge.
“If nothing else, that keeps pressure on everyone to perform.
“We will be striving to carry on improving and then in a couple of games from now we will assess where we are and how we are looking.”