How Scott saw it….

Date published: Monday, July 8, 2013
WHILE falling short of producing a performance to excite the purists, Championship One form team Oldham did a workmanlike job on Oxford to record their fourth win in a row, to produce their eighth victory in ten outings and to move within one point of leaders North Wales.
“It was an ugly win, yet a job well done nevertheless,” summed up coach Scott Naylor.
He believes that, at the very least, his young, fit, talented squad can turn what once looked a foregone conclusion into a thrilling two-horse race for the championship that will go down to the wire.
He added: “So long as we keep winning, we’ll put North Wales under pressure. We’re on the run-in now and wins are what matter more than anything.
“You can’t always score fancy tries and play loads of open rugby. It’s good if and when you can, but sometimes you have to win ugly, as we did here.
“The pleasing thing for me in this one was our terrific work in defence. To restrict Oxford to a second-minute try by Lucas Onyango, and to keep our line intact for the next 78 minutes in that extreme heat, took some doing.
“To deny them a bonus point was reward for all our hard work.
“We’re together as a unit, we have a great team spirit and we are willing to work and tackle for each other, qualities that show through in every game.
“We still have lots of things to work on.
“But I was also delighted at the way the boys handled themselves in a tough, rough, physical contest. It was always going to be hard at Oxford, for obvious reasons, and we spoke during the week about discipline, about keeping control and about concentrating on rugby, which I think we did.
“I’m proud of everybody in the squad, but I thought all the forwards did particularly well.
“Matthew Haggarty, our latest new boy, did well on debut and he will go better the more he plays.
“It was another step-up in standard for young Nathan Mason, but he handled it well, looked good and scored a try.
“Michael Ward was strong, Josh Crowley looked to be back to his best and Phil Joy didn’t take a backward step against opponents who were out to give it to him. I thought he was awesome.
“Finally, I come to Dale Bloomfield, who put in a great performance for us on the left-wing.
“We can enjoy this win tonight, but then from tomorrow we must start to focus on the South Wales game at Whitebank nxt Sunday.”