Crusaders here on SundayDate published: Monday, June 1, 2015
HAVING lost their last two away games at Barrow (30-18) and Keighley (32-24) , Scott Naylor’s Oldham have a chance to redeem themselves when North Wales Crusaders come to Whitebank on Sunday (3pm kick off).
Crusaders are the bookies’ favourites to win League One and they will arrive buoyed by winning the new iPro Sport Cup and confident in the knowledge that they have already won once at Whitebank this year — 18-16 in the cup semi-final.
It promises to be another cracker and we will be going flat out to avenge the cup semi-final defeat and to preserve our fantastic unbeaten league record at Whitebank, which stretches back to April, 2013.
Said Roughyeds boss Naylor: “After what happened at Keighley we have a lot of hard work to do.
“We also need to start taking long looks at ourselves in the mirror to get a few reality checks.
“At Keighley some of the lads gave their usual 100 per cent, but not all of them and you need everyone to be at it from the start —- not just in the second half once they’ve had a roasting at half-time.
“Cougars set off full of passion and intensity and we failed to match it. We can’t afford a repeat performance next Sunday.”
Roughyeds trailed 26-0 after an inept first half, but with wind and slope in their favour they came out for the second half and smashed it 24-6 with tries by Steve Roper, Oliver Roberts, Lewis Palfrey and Josh Crowley.
Only a brilliant individual try scored and converted by Paul Handforth, the Cougars’ only score in the second half, kept Oldham at bay.
Full-back Steven Nield was led off with a knee injury after half an hour.
Sammy Gee went from centre to full-back and dual-reg man Oliver Roberts, a back-row forward, left the bench to fill-in at centre.
Added Naylor: “The Roberts switch was forced upon us, but I felt he did very well at centre. The same goes for Sammy Gee at full-back. Both did really well.”
Scorers: Keighley – goals, Handforth (4); tries, March, Handforth (2), Lynam, White (2); Oldham — goals, Palfrey (4); tries, Roper, Roberts, Palfrey, Crowley.
Keighley: Jesse Sheriffe; Duffy, Barnes, R Sheriffe, White; Darville, Handforth; Law, March, Bailey, Lynam, Rawlings, Lindsay. Subs: Peltier, Cherryholme, Jode Sheriffe, Kelly.
Oldham: Nield; Clay, Gee, Ford, J Ward; Palfrey, Roper; Neal, Hughes, P Joy, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Files, M Ward, Mason, Roberts.
Ref: S Ansell; Att: 931.
+ A meeting scheduled for tonight between the Oldham club and a small group of supporters has been cancelled and rearranged for next Monday, June 8.