“Langers” our top-scoring forward

Date published: Tuesday, October 14, 2014
DANNY Langtree was Oldham’s top try-scoring forward in 2014, narrowly pushing Josh Crowley into second place.
The second-row pair bagged 27 tries between them with Langtree finishing on 14 and Crowley on 13.
 
Over the two seasons they’ve played together in the Roughyeds’ second-row they’ve totalled 44 touchdowns (Langtree 24, Crowley 20) with Crowley playing in all 49 games and Langtree in 46.
 
Crowley is the first player at the club to put pen to paper on a new deal for 2015, but others are expected to follow suit soon.
 
Oldham claim to have the best and most consistent pair of second-row men in rugby league’s third tier and it’s on stats like those that they base their high rating.
 
Despite finishing second in 2013 and third in 2014, and suffering Grand Final defeats each season, Scott Naylor’s men won more games and scored more tries in 2014 than they did in Naylor’s first season at Whitebank.
 
In the season just ended they also faced York and Hunslet, who had come down from the Championship, winning two of their three games against York and finishing all square at two wins apiece against Hunslet, although the Hawks triumphed 17-16 in extra time in the one that mattered most, the promotion-deciding Grand Final.
 
The following statistics (all competitions) show the steady progress made under Naylor.
 
2013: 24 games, 129 tries, 16 wins, one draw, seven defeats.
 
2014: 25 games, 146 tries, 18 wins, one draw, six defeats.
 
Try scorers in 2014 were as follows:
 
Bloomfield 21, Agoro 18, Langtree 14, Crowley 13, Ford 13, Cookson 7, Nield 7, Ward 7, Wood 7, Hughes 6, Clay 4, Palfrey 4, Tyson 4, Joy 3, Roper 3, Boults 2, Files 2, Mason 2, Robinson 2, Whitmore 2, Davidson 1, Gee 1, Mooney 1, Okanga-Ajwang 1, Thompson 1,