‘Happy’ Scott praises 12-try performanceDate published: Monday, June 15, 2015
TWELVE-TRY Oldham pushed League One’s north-south divide a little bit wider with their 64-0 hammering of Oxford.
On a day when all the southern sides took a pasting, Roughyeds worked hard to put defeats by Keighley and North Wales behind them.
Said a “very happy” Scott Naylor: “I liked the score, but it was no more than the by-product of how we played.
“Oxford came with a great attitude and, on the back of their four wins from six games, they had a real dig at us.
“They were big, aggressive and quick and they presented us with a big challenge, but to be fair we stepped up to the task this time after falling a bit short in our previous two games.
“We scored some quality tries, most of which came from good rugby and many of which were scored wide out on the touchlines. That made it difficult for Lewis (Palfrey) to kick the goals, but it was a good indication of the sort of attacking rugby we are aiming at.
“It was important to win after our last two defeats, but just as important was the need to reach a high level of performance and to perform well as a team. We achieved both and it was nice to see.
“It’s always nice to ‘nil’ opponents but again that was down to how well we played in all aspects of the game.
“They never seriously threatened our line because they rarely got near it. As much as anything, that was down to our kicking game.
“We now need to prepare well this week for our big game at Swinton Lions.
“I don’t generally talk about individuals because it’s a team game and its a good team performance that we are always striving to achieve.
“However, I played two very young players in Tom Dempsey and Richard Joy and it was pleasing to see Tom complete a faultless 80-minutes at full-back and to see Ric play the last 15 minutes of the first half and the whole of the second half. He played well too.”
Adam Clay got the club’s man-of-the-match award and George Tyson received the ‘Magic’ award for scoring his second try in spectacular fashion in the corner when he took off and dived over the top of a defender.
Gareth Owen also excelled as, like Tyson, he returned to the side after a two-game suspension.
For the record the 12 tries were scored as follows: Jack Holmes (3), Adam Clay (2), George Tyson (2), Phil Joy, Adam Files, Gareth Owen, Liam Thompson and Kenny Hughes.
Lewis Palfrey, in his 100th career performance, landed eight conversions, three of them off the touchline.
Team: Dempsey; Clay, Tyson, Gee, Holmes; Palfrey, Roper; Neal, Owen, P Joy, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: R Joy, Mason, Hughes, Files.
HT, 26-0; Referee, Jamie Bloem; Att, 433.