Back on top !Date published: Monday, May 18, 2015
OLDHAM are back on top of Kingstone Press League One after their superb 45-20 victory romp against Newcastle Thunder at Whitebank.
Eight tries, including a hat-trick by winger Adam Clay, inflicted Thunder’s second league defeat of the campaign and elevated Roughyeds to top spot again following Keighley’s first defeat in six by Swinton Lions.
Steve Roper, Gareth Owen, Danny Langtree, Steven Nield and Lewis Palfrey also crossed Thunder’s line to leave chairman Chris Hamilton enthusing: “Our forwards were exceptional. After conceding an early try, we quickly got well on top.”
Added coach Scott Naylor: “Everything worked a treat. We targeted a few things we needed to do after our defeat at Barrow and we did them perfectly.
“It gave us a lot more control of the game than we had at Barrow . We had a lot more ball and a lot more good field position and those are vital in a tight game.
“We can always score tries but you’ve got to have the ball, obviously, and then get into good field positions before you can turn pressure into points.
“We had the right attitudes in terms of respecting the ball. It was great to see our lads responding so well after defeat by Barrow.
“I can’t give them enough credit for the way they train tough three times a week and then turn up on Sunday refreshed and ready to go again.
“We’ve got a great set of lads here. They were bitterly disappointed after coming unstuck for the first time at Barrow and it speaks volumes about their characters and about the sort of people they are that they should respond with a five-star performance like this.”
Oldham came through without injury and they have no game next weekend. Their next outing is another tough test against Keighley Cougars at Cougar Park on Sunday, May 31.
They might have to go into that game without Gareth Owen, George Tyson and Josh Johnson, who have all been charged with striking offences in the now infamous Barrow brawl.
Their cases will go before the RFL disciplinary committee tomorrow (Tues) night and Oldham have until morning to decide what action, if any, to take on the players’ behalf.
The collection at Whitebank yesterday for the dependents of Keighley player Danny Jones, who died of a cardiac arrest after being taken ill in a game at London Skolars, raised £534.18p.
“That was a great effort. My thanks to everyone who donated,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.