Oldham v SalfordDate published: Monday, February 11, 2013
SCOTT Naylor’s tenure as Roughyeds’ head coach got off to a sound start thanks to our 34-22 win against a young Salford City Reds side at Whitebank.
We scored six tries to four in this pre-season warm-up game against a squad from our Super League partner club and, in so doing, gave our supporters good reason for optimism and a feeling of ‘so far, so good’.
Said Scott: “We had a ‘W’, so that’s the first positive. Considering the heavy conditions, the fact that we were playing together for the first time and that we were inevitably a bit on the rusty side, we did okay and there were plenty of positives to come out of it.
“There wan’t a lot of free-flowing rugby, but the conditions had a lot to do with that and there are times, like this, when you have to revert to old-fashioned rugby in order to get the result you want.
“Our entire front-row did well, and I thought Josh Crowley, in the back row, was the best player on the field.
“A lot of credit also goes to Salford. They dug in for their coach. He can be proud of them. It was a bit of extra fitness and strength which made the difference in the end.
“We have a lot of improving to do, but hopefully we have laid down the foundations for the side we will become over the next few weeks.”
We led 16-12 at half-time thanks to tries by Dale Bloomfield, Josh Crowley and Danny Samuels, plus a couple of conversions by Jamie Dallimore.
In the second half we added further tries by Steven Nield, Sam Gee and Kenny Hughes and three more goals by Dallimore to complete our scoring.
Neil Roden, playing in his usual stand-off spot, set up the tries for Bloomfield and Crowley with pin-point kicks and then slipped a short ball to send in Steven Nield, who finished superbly well thanks to speed out of the blocks and then good acceleration over distance.
Power took in Samuels and Gee, while Hughes showed impressive speed of thought and movement to jump out of dummy half to score the sixth and final Oldham try.
Ford, Hope, Okeh and Pendlebury scored Salford’s tries, while Lomax kicked thee goals.
The City Reds twice drew level, first at 16-16 and then at 22-22 before Roughyeds got well on top in the later stages to score match-clinching tries by Gee and Hughes and go close to adding three more tries by Liam Gilchrist, Michael Ward and Callum Marriott.
Oldham scorers: goals –Dallimore(5); tries, Bloomfield, Crowley, Samuels, Nield, Gee, Hughes.
Oldham: Palfrey; Agoro, Samuels, Nield, Bloomfield; Roden, Dallimore; Gilchrist, Gee, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson; Subs (all used): Files, Tyrer, Joy, Hughes, Ward, Marriott.
Salford: Holmes; Dolan, Okanga-Ajwang, Ford, Okeh; Higgins, Lomax; Tyson, Files, Pendlebury, Walne, Hankinson, Hope, Subs (all used): Powell, Heaton, Gee, Wells, Bibbby.
Ref: J Cobb.