Benson on the reserves

Date published: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

HEAD coach Tony Benson has acknowledged the “fantastic job” John Hough is doing as coach of the Roughyeds reserves.

Speaking after the second team’s superb 20-16 triumph against Leigh Centurions at Golborne — their seventh win in ten outings in the Reserves Championship — Benson said the reserve team players were a credit to the club and to their coach.

Tony watched the second half after dashing to Golborne following first-team training at Whitebank.

He said: “John should be very proud, and I have told him that. I saw the second half and his boys were well organised; they didn’t panic when they were behind; and they played as though they were enjoying themselves, which I believe is the most important thing of all.

“Players seem to enjoy themselves at Oldham and to enjoy being part of our club and to me that is key to everything we do.

“It was significant that in the last 20 minutes Leigh were all over the place because of injuries and cramps while our boys seemed to go stronger and stronger.

“The level of fitness within John’s squad is up to first-team standards and that is purely down to John, the work he did pre-season and the ongoing work that he and his squad put in right through the season.

“Roughyeds totally commanded the game in the last 20 minutes and in tight encounters that’s often when games are won and lost, as was the case in this match.

“There were some huge individual performances but in the main it was a fantastic team effort.”

For full match report on Oldham Reserves v Leigh Reserves see news page.