Match follow up

Date published: Tuesday, April 6, 2010

HEAD coach Tony Benson felt Roughyeds were “hugely disadvantaged” in the Workington game because the Cumbrians had a free day on Good Friday while Oldham had a tough derby battle with Hornets.

Workington were due to play Swinton on Good Friday, but the game was posptoned at Swinton’s request.

“Friday took a helluva lot out of us,” said Tony, “and then to face Workington with only two days in between, when they were fresh, was very difficult and very demanding both physically and mentally.

“Workington played well. They were big, well organised, eager and had a good kicking game, and given that they would have use of the stiff wind in the second half I always wondered whether our 10-0 interval lead would be enough.

“We played okay for the first ten minutes of the second half but we then switched off a b it. We were tired and one of the results of that was that we didn’t play the attacking game that we should have played and could have played.

“There was no celebrating our win in the changing room, that’s for sure, but I think the lads were just tood tired for that.

“We are looking forward now to getting back to normality this week with a few days in which to recover before we head off to South Wales to play the Scorpions next Sunday. It will have to be a very early morning start for a 2.00pm kick-off at Neath, but I’m not even thinking about that yet.

“A few of the boys are carrying bumps and bruises but we’ll have a look at everybody during the week.”

Among those in for treatment will be Matty Ashe (groin), Craig Robinson (groin and thigh), Paul O’Connor (neck) and Mark Brocklehurst (jaw).

Added Tony: “We will have to be on our game down there, but we have the best part of a week now in which to prepare, so there will be no excuses.

“I’m lucky to have a fantastic group. The team spirit is spot-on and there is no shortage of experienced guys — like my conditioner Martin Roden, my assistant coach Paul Reilly and Marcus St Hilaire — to give me plenty of support.

“I’m just proud to be part of the whole group. We were bruised and battered in the Workington game, doubling up after a really physical derby battle two days earlier, but the boys dug in and worked for each other when lapses were made and in those circumstances not many teams at our level would have come out on top.

“I am proud to be part of them and I am proud to be part of the Oldham club.”