Oldham 50, South Wales 22

Date published: Monday, July 15, 2013
ROUGHYEDS received a standing ovation from delighted fans after a 50-22 win against South Wales Scorpions at Whitebank which lifted Scott Naylor’s boys to the top of the Kingston Press Championship One table.

Since losing at home to Oxford in their third league game at the end of April, Naylor’s young side has picked up 25 league points out of a possible 27 — a remarkable record of consistency and testimony to the players’ mental toughness, application and self belief.

Naylor’s nippers now command a two-point lead over North Wales Crusaders, who have two games in hand, the next of them against Roughyeds at Whitebank on Sunday, July 28 (3pm kick off).

The target for Roughyeds is to win each of their remaining four games against North Wales and Gloucester at home and London Skolars and Rochdale away, and hope that somebody else will also take points off Crusaders, whose last six games are against Hemel, Oxford and South Wales at home and Oldham, Gateshead and London away.

The London v Oldham and London v Crusaders games might well have a major say in who finishes top to win automatic promotion.

Scott wasn’t happy with our first-half performance against South Wales, who scored four first-half tries to our three to lead 22-18 at half-time.

By all accounts he had a few hometruths to say during the half-time interval, after which Roughyeds stepped up the tempo and responded magnificently to take the second half 32-0.

Our stand-out players on this occasion were Lewis Palfrey, Sam Gee, Danny Langtree and Josh Crowley, who took the club’s official man-of-the-match award. The magic moment award went to Langtree for his superb pass in the tackle late on which provided Palfrey’s second try of the afternoon.

Scorers: goals, Palfrey (7); tries, Palfrey (2), Mason, Gee, Cookson, Crowley (2), Files, Roden.

Team: Lepori; Agoro, Cookson, Ford, Bloomfield; Palfrey, Roden; Ward, Gee, Joy, Langtree, Crowley, Hobson. Subs: Files, Thompson, Haggarty, Mason.

S Wales: Murphy; Jones, Lyon-Fraser, Bateman, Grant; Williams, Sheen; Burke, Moores, Greenwood, Peacock, Tutuila, Clark. Subs: Taylor, Morgan, Lever, Hawkes.

Referee: R Laughton; Att: 576.