Four wins in a row

Date published: Monday, June 2, 2014
SCOTT Naylor would never encourage or condone foul play.
But nor would he expect his players to lie down and hoist the white flag if they were taking a physical pounding.

Commenting after a Whitebank rough-house in which six players — three from each side — were sin-binned in two separate incidents, the Oldham boss backed his players for defending their corner.
Oldham’s Danny Langtree and Nathan Mason were yellow-carded after a 28th-minute bust-up in which London’s Tely Pelo and Martyn Smith were also sent to the sin bin.
Ten minutes from the end, after a similar flare-up, Oldham’s Danny Whitmore and London’s Courtney Davies were also placed in the ‘cooler’ after getting yellow cards.
Significantly, play resumed with a penalty to Oldham in each case.
Said Naylor: “There was a lot of niggle in the game. I don’t mind it if my players feel it is necessary to stand up for themselves.
“I don’t expect them to keep copping it without facing up. I was pleased they stood up to London physically.”
Oldham won 46-16 to make it four wins in a row and to extend their unbeaten record at Whitebank this season to five outings.
Naylor played an unchanged team, again pairing Brett Robinson and on-loan Steve Roper at half-back to the exclusion of club skipper Lewis Palfrey.
He said: “On performances at Gloucester I didn’t think anybody deserved to be left out.
“As far as Steve Roper is concerned, he has been good for us.
“He has played well in each of his two games. He understands how I want to play the game.
“He played well at Gloucester, but even better against London Skolars.
“If we keep hold of him and he keeps on playing like that we will be in a good position with three very good half-backs.”
Naylor also praised right-winger Mo Agoro, whose two tries took his tally to six in the last five games.
He said of the winger: “He’s in good form, showing what he can do when he gets a bit of room in which to move. He’s a good, strong finisher.”