Focused on finishing topDate published: Monday, August 3, 2015
HIGH-FLYING Oldham RL Club are focused on finishing top of League One after opening up a four-point lead with the 38-8 hammering of Keighley Cougars.
A Whitebank crowd of 888 – biggest of the season — roared on Roughyeds to their eighth win in a row and their second in eight days against top-three rivals.
Oldham have five games left before the play-offs, against Barrow and Swinton at Whitebank and away at Hemel Stags, Newcastle Thunder and Oxford.
“We’ve got to keep on winning, but it’s in our own hands now,” said head coach Scott Naylor.
“We are training well, playing well and having some luck in keeping players healthy.
“We are already looking at what comes next — a game at Hemel Stags on Sunday (2.30pm) . That becomes our biggest game of the season so far because it provides an opportunity for two points just like the North Wales and Keighley games.
“In that respect it’s no different, so it’s just as big.
“We’ve got to go there, do a professional job and hopefully tick off another box and move on towards our goal.”
Jack Holmes played the full game against Keighley while hobbling on the left wing after hurting his foot during the pre-match warm-up.
Adam Clay, the other winger, had to quit shortly before half-time with a rib injury.
Added Naylor: “Rib injuries are funny things. He could be out for three days or six weeks, depending on results of further investigation.
“Jack (Holmes) deserves a lot of credit for persevering and playing on one leg from start to finish .”