Now comes the BIG testDate published: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
HIS charges might be top of Kingstone Press League One with a maximum 10 points, but Scott Naylor has warned the lads they will have to up their game to keep hold of pole position.
Three of our next four matches are against teams who were in the Championship last season and the other one brings rejuvenated and renamed Newcastle Thunder to Whitebank, rebranded since they moved across the Tyne from Gateshead and came under the umbrella of Newcastle Falcons RU club.
WE go to Barrow Raiders this Saturday, May 9 (6.30pm kick off) and in the next few weeks play Stanley Gene’s Thunder at home, Keighley Cougars away and North Wales Crusaders at home.
Said Scott: “If we play anything like we did against Gloucester we’ll be staring down the barrel at four losses, not four wins.
“That’s a big challenge for the lads now, and well they know it.”
Club captain Lewis Palfrey suffered a dead leg in the second half against Gloucester, but the club will be working on him in the hope that he will pull through in time to go to Barrow on Saturday.
Kenny Hughes, Steve Roper, Adam Clay and Richard Joy were rested last Sunday as part of Naylor’s rotation policy, but all four are expected to be back in contention by weekend.
Following the tragic death in London on Sunday of Keighley Cougars half-back Danny Jones, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton has sent a message of condolence to the Keighley club and to coach Paul March on behalf of everyone at Roughyeds —- players, coaches, staff and supporters.