Couldn’t be prouder’ — ScottDate published: Monday, July 27, 2015
SCOTT Naylor emerged from a victorious Oldham dressing room at Wrexham and opened up with: “That was good . . . that’s why we do it !”.
He went on: “This has to be one of the happiest and most fulfilling moments since I’ve been at the club.
“When they beat us twice at Whitebank we were lacking a little bit mentally, but we came here this time with absolutely no fear whatsoever.
“Our aggression was controlled, but right on the limit. Our attitude and effort were stunning. We controlled the game in the second half. We played as we wanted to play and we thoroughly deserved the win.
“It was a great team performance. The lads have been unbelievably committed to the cause and they deserve all the credit.
“To do what they did against a quality side on their own pitch was absolutely great. I couldn’t possibly be any prouder of them.
“We trailed 10-2 on the first-half penalty count, but to cope with that and still come in at half-time with the lead gave us a lot of confidence for what we might achieve in the second half if we could stem the flow of penalties against us.
“We did, and you saw what happened. The pack was fantastic, the halfbacks controlled things and in bad conditions we fully deserved the win.
“It was nice to see Richard Lepori back in the Oldham jersey. He will only get better as he settles in.
“We’ve also signed two new players in Elliott Liku and Will Hope to strengthen the squad for the run-in.
“The lads didn’t want to miss a tackle and our determination in defence was so good that it made it almost impossible to beat us once we went 19-6 up.
“The lads are totally committed to their team and also to their club and that’s nice to see.”
Crusaders boss Anthony Murray said: “In the first half we had 23 sets on their line and we failed to capitalise.
“Oldham are tough up the middle and they played to their strengths. They are top of the league because they are the most consistent side in the division, and I’m not going to be too downhearted at losing to a team like that.
“They came to do a job on us and they did it. Full credit to them.”
Oldham went 12-0 up with converted tries by Adam Neal and Sam Gee in the first few minutes, both of them improved by Lewis Palfrey.
On the back of ten penalties in a row, Cru pegged back six points with a try by Rhys Evans and a Tommy Johnson conversion.
Oldham bossed the second half, however, and made victory sweet by adding another 11 points from an Adam Clay try, a conversion and two penalties by Palfrey and a drop goal by Clay.
Crusaders: Johnson; Turner, Evans, Roets, Massam; Ashall, Dallimore; Walker, Wright, Burke, Julien, A Thompson, Middlehurst. Subs: Moulsdale, Hudson, Duffy, Hobson.
Oldham: Lepori; Clay, Tyson, Ford, Holmes; Palfrey,Roper; Neal, Owen, P Joy, Crowley, Langtree, Gee. Subs: Ward, Thompson, Files, Hughes.
Referee: G Hewer; Att: 905.