Barrow 16 Oldham 6

Date published: Monday, February 3, 2014
SCOTT Naylor hailed our first pre-season warm-up game at Barrow a success after Roughyeds restricted the Championship side to a 16-6 win at Craven Park.
Raiders boss Anthony Murray, a former Oldham half-back, was also suitably impressed with the level of performance Scott’s boys produced against a Barrow side that had already had one friendly in which they beat Keighley Cougars.
“We knew they would give us a big test, and they didn’t disappoint,” said Murray. “I’m sure Oldham will be there or thereabouts in the quest for Championship One honours in the coming season.”
We travelled north with the following squad: Whitehead; Agoro, Cookson, Gee, Bloomfield; Hughes, Robinson; Boults, Whitmore, Ward, Wood, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Hobson, Mooney, Davidson, Nield, Files, Hall.
Sam Gee, playing out of position at centre, captained the side in the absence of the injured Lewis Palfrey. Also missing were Phil Joy, who is on rehab for a groin problem, and Josh Crowley, who had an important and a long-standing family commitment.
Playing for Oldham for the first time were Brett Robinson, Paddy Mooney and Alex Davidson.
We took the lead midway through the first half when Files went close from dummy half before slipping a great pass in the tackle which enabled Davidson to make a try-scoring debut. Sam Gee kicked the goal.
Barrow replied with 16 points in 12 minutes in the run-up to half-time, but that was the only time in the game when they could boast any serious ascendancy.
Unusually, neither side scored in the second half. Our defence was strong and hard-working throughout, but our attack didn’t quite function as smoothly as Scott would have liked, although there were plenty of positives to indicate it will get better as players get more game time under their belts.
Aided by seven penalties in a row, Roughyeds bossed the second half from the point of view of field position and possession, but the attack wasn’t just sharp enough to break down a determined Raiders defence and that will be something Scott and ‘Spanner’ will no doubt be working on this week in the build-up to Sunday’s clash with Swinton Lions at Whitebank (3pm kick off).
See you at Whitebank on Sunday — another season is up and running !