Josh our “Mr Consistency”

Date published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014
JOSH Crowley’s consistency in Oldham’s second-row has given him the longest run of consecutive appearances in the whole of Championship One.
The 22-year-old former Widnes Vikings forward has figured in every Roughyeds game since he joined the club for the start of last season.
That gives him 28 appearances in a row — 24 in 2013 plus four so far this term.
And figures released by the RFL show him to have played in more consecutive games than anybody else in the sport’s third tier with one more than his Oldham team mate Dale Bloomfield and Hunslet Hawks’ David March, both on 27.
Crowley isn’t the heaviest Roughyeds forward — at 16st11lbs he is nearly two stones lighter than Phil Joy and half a stone lighter than Michael Ward — but he is invariably in the man-of-the-match rankings.
His two late tries at Egremont in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup finally saw off the robust Cumbrian amateurs and set up Roughyeds for their fourth-round tie on Sunday at Super League club Bradford Bulls (2pm).
It was to give some members of his squad a chance to sharpen their match fitness ahead of the cup tie that coach Scott Naylor played Joy, fellow prop Alex Davidson, back-row pair Mark Hobson and George Tyson and backs Lewis Palfrey and Steven Nield in the under-20s game against Featherstone Rovers on Saturday.
Rovers, who also fielded a strong side, won 36-20.
Naylor watched the game and said later that the exercise in playing half a dozen members of his senior squad proved a very useful one.
Palfrey and Nield played the full game, the latter starting at centre and finishing at full-back, while pack men Davidson, Joy, Tyson and Hobson all had long spells on the field.
Tyson scored two tries, Hobson crossed for one and had another disallowed, Joy went from strength to strength the longer the game went on and Davidson also came though satisfactorily.
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