Good start vital — ScottDate published: Monday, February 29, 2016
SCOTT Naylor said the lesson learned from the 20-6 defeat by Featherstone Rovers in the Big Fellas Stadium was the importance of a good start.
Unlike the previous game against Dewsbury, Naylor’s men began slowly and found themselves 10-0 down inside 12 minutes.
They also conceded a try on the last play of the game.
“Take away how we started and how we finished and it would have been a different story,” said the Roughyeds boss.
“Going to Featherstone is always a tough ask. We knew that. But we showed them a little bit too much respect early on. We gave them too much space, time and field position and once you’ve gone 10-0 behind so early in the game it’s difficult to get back into it — and that will apply to any game in this division.
“That’s today’s lesson . . . we’ve got to start on the whistle; not ten minutes later.
“I couldn’t fault our energy levels, commitment, determination and willingness to work hard over the other 70 minutes.
“We could have been a bit more clinical, but we grew into the game once we realised Featherstone were not super men or as formidable as some other Rovers teams of the past.
“We were 10-0 down by the time we decided we were as good as them.
“The boys are down because we lost, but there’s a lot going for this team, as I keep saying.
“We’ve got to keep working and keep learning and if we do that we’ll turn some corners and surprise a few people.”
Rovers boss Jon Sharp said: “I see now how Oldham beat Dewsbury. They’re a good team. We had to play well to beat them. If they continue to play like they did here they shouldn’t have any bother in consolidating in the Championship.”