Crowley,Bloomfield,Ward tick the right boxes

Date published: Thursday, May 29, 2014
IN ticking the boxes marked ‘reliable’, ‘durable’ and ‘consistent’, Oldham can boast three of the top five players in Championship One, according to RFL statistics.
Coach Scott Naylor had previously described as ‘phenomenal’ the way his young second-row pair, Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree, could produce high levels of performance week in and week out over long periods of time.
Both play it tough, relish the physicality of rugby league and regularly put their bodies on the line.
Yet Crowley (22) hasn’t missed a game since Naylor signed him from Widnes Vikings on taking over as Oldham’s head coach before the start of last season.
And Langtree (23), his senior by seven months, has missed only one.
“One complements the other,” said the Oldham boss. “We are lucky to have them playing side by side in the same team.”
The one game Langtree missed last season, through injury, rules him out of the RFL’s top five Championship One performers in terms of consecutive league appearances.
Hunslet’s David March drops out because he didn’t play in last Sunday’s shock 40-0 defeat at York, whose stunning win pushed the Hawks into second place.
That leaves Oldham’s Crowley out in front on 34 consecutive appearances — only one more than his Roughyeds team mate Dale Bloomfield.
Michael Ward (23), another Oldham forward who wouldn’t flinch if asked to run through a brick wall, is in joint fourth place on 28.
Top five: Crowley 34, Bloomfield 33, Dave Williams (London Skolars) 30, Ward 28, BJ Swindells (Hemel) 28.
Williams, a back-row forward standing 6ft 6in and weighing in at 17st 11lbs, will go head to head with the Oldham trio when Skolars come to Whitebank on Sunday (3pm).
Third-place Oldham, who have a game in hand on York and Hunslet, won a tight game 18-16 in London early in the season and they will be keen to defend their unbeaten home record.
As Skolars provide the opposition for one of Oldham’s extra ‘loop’ fixtures, Naylor’s men travel to London for a third meeting on August 3.
That game is likely to be the last of six which Skolars are playing at the QE11 Stadium, home of Enfield Town FC, because of improvements that are being made to their regular base at the White Hart Lane Community Stadium five miles away.