‘Key games coming up’ – ScottDate published: Wednesday, July 1, 2015
SCOTT Naylor believes the public perception of Oldham’s credentials as serious promotion candidates will be defined in the next two games against York and Rochdale.
Third-placed York, seeking their fifth win in a row, come to Whitebank this Sunday (3pm kick off) and derby rivals Rochdale, currently fifth, will be here a week later.
As league leaders, Naylor’s men have so far surpassed the expectations of all but the most blinkered Roughyeds’ supporters.
With only two points separating the top SIX clubs, however, the scrap for a top–five finish will go down to the wire.
And after these next two home games, four of Oldham’s following five outings are on the road at London Skolars, North Wales Crusaders, Hemel Stags and Newcastle Thunder.
Said Naylor: “It’s nice to be back on top, but there’s still a long way to go. The next two games are hugely important in the context of our whole season.
“We’re preparing ourselves for two extremely tough and challenging games.
“It doesn’t help that we’ve got a few bumps and bruises, but we’ll have a team on the field and we’ll be ready to go.”
Of the players who picked up knocks at Gloucester, Danny Langtree (wrist) and Adam Clay (ankle) should be ready by weekend.
Nathan Mason (groin) and George Tyson (knee) are doubtful.
Prop Adam Neal, who missed the Gloucester game because of stomach trouble, trained normally last night and will be available for selection.
Steven Nield, who hasn’t played since he hurt a knee at Keighley on May 31, is booked in for a scan today, while Tom Ashton’s six-week rehab programme, following knee ligament damage, is continuing under physio Patrick Hoyte’s supervision.
While Jon Ford has been out with a broken finger, his loan agreement with Salford Red Devils has ended.
He’s still two or three weeks away from playing, but Roughyeds will look at re-signing him once he is cleared to return to action.