Files aims for a six

Date published: Thursday, May 23, 2013
YOUNG hooker Adam Files will be out to make it six of the best at Whitebank on Sunday.
On season-long loan to Oldham from link club Salford City Reds, 20-year-old Files has scored a try in each of his adopted club’s last five games.
He’s logged six in total, but his try-a-game sequence began in the first league game against Rochdale at Whitebank and continued at Hunslet (Tetley’s Challenge Cup) and in league games against Gloucester (away), Oxford (home) and Hemel Stags (away).
Coach Scott Naylor faces a selection dilemma with three hookers, Files, Kenny Hughes and club vice-captain Sam Gee, pushing for two spots against Gateshead Thunder (1pm kick off).
Gee missed out at Hemel where Roughyeds scored six tries in their best attacking display so far, the fifth one going to ever-alert Files, who has gone joint top of the club’s try-scoring chart with Danny Langtree, each with six.
Naylor’s men will be seeking their first league win on home soil, having gone down to derby rivals Rochdale (28-18) and Oxford (18-16).
In stark contrast, they have triumphed on their travels, winning 36-0 at Gloucester All Golds and 30-12 at Hemel Stags in Hertfordshire.
With two games in a row coming up at Whitebank, Naylor’s immediate task is to convert away form into home form and oversee a brand of rugby which will keep the tries rolling in.
Defensive stats look good (second best in Championship One), but Naylor wants his men, at the third time of asking, to showcase their attacking skills on their home ground in front of their own fans.
He said: “We’ve worked hard on our offensive structures since the Oxford game and there was a big improvement at Hemel where we played with greater freedom and with smiles on our faces.”
The six tries Oldham scored last time out took their total in nine games in all competitions to 37 at an average of four per game.
In four league matches, Roughyeds have chalked up 19 tries at an average of nearly five.
Files and full-back Richard Lepori have each scored four to share fourth spot in the Kingstone Press Championship One chart with Hemel forward Aiden Pritchard and Rochdale’s Dave Hull.
Oldham (all competitions): Files (6), Langtree (6), Bloomfield (5), Dallimore (4), Lepori (4), Agoro (3), Crowley (3),Palfrey (2), Roden (2), Gee (1), Hughes (1).