Bloomfield hat-trick pleases the boss

Date published: Monday, May 13, 2013

WHAT a difference two weeks can make.

Scott Naylor’s concern over Oldham’s sub-standard play in a narrow home defeat by Oxford was replaced by guarded, yet wholly justified, optimism after the 30-12 win at Hemel Hempstead.
The Roughyeds boss rang the changes in selection and witnessed a much-improved performance against a Stags side which had won three of its previous four league games and had lost the other one, at Oxford, by one point.
Describing his side’s all-round contribution on attack and defence as “very good”, Naylor said he was particularly pleased by the fact that four of the six Oldham tries were scored by his wingers —- three to Dale Bloomfield on the left and the other to Mo Agoro on the opposite flank.
He said: “We spoke after the Oxford game about playing with more freedom and we did exactly that, scoring some nice tries, six in total, and defending with urgency when they had the ball.
“It was good to see the wingers scoring tries and finishing off good work by the forwards and the half-backs.
“Defensively, we conceded only two tries and I thought we were unfortunate to concede the first one because it looked like a double movement.
“All the props and both hookers, Kenny Hughes and Adam Files, were absolutely outstanding. They took us forward and set up good attacking positions, which we turned into points.
“Hemel were a hard-working team, with good players and a lot of size and physique. They were a credit to their coach.
“After our defeat by Oxford it was always going to be a tough ask for us in Hertfordshire against an in-form team lying second in the division, but we coped very admirably and the players responded superbly to all we have been doing over the past couple of weeks.
“It certainly wasn’t a game I would have chosen for us to follow Oxford, but I’m glad its out of the way with three more league points in the bag.”