‘One of the best yet’ — ScottDate published: Monday, July 6, 2015
DESCRIBING the 34-12 win against York as “one of the best Oldham performances of the year so far”, Scott Naylor paid tribute to the Roughyeds’ teamwork and said every player from 1 to 17 was worthy of an accolade.
He was particularly impressed by the side’s game management and its ability to stay in control of the contest once it had wrestled the initiative from York’s grasp early in the second half.
Said head coach Naylor: “York are a very good team. They were very impressive in the first half when I thought they had the edge on us.
“They were aggressive, with a phenomenal work rate, and their understanding of how to play the game was second to none.
“We had a good chat at half-time about what we needed to do to change things round and it seemed to work well.
“At the start of the second half, when they led 12-6, it was a case of both teams banging heads and waiting to see who cracked first.
“We had talked at half-time about the need for us to work harder, to be more aggressive and to be more direct and happily York rarely got anywhere near our try line in the second half.
“I’m seeing a different, more mature, Oldham now and we are looking better at controlling and managing certain situations.
“I don’t think York will lose many more games this season because of the way they play, the quality of their players and the way they are coached.
“We don’t play them away and I don’t see that as a bad thing. To go there would be a massive challenge for any other club in the division.
“From the moment we levelled things up at 12-12 I felt we had the ascendancy. We kept it for the rest of the game and that’s a good sign of mental maturity.
“We tend to forget that League One this season is unbelievably tough when compared to previous years.”
There was a debut in the centre for dual-reg signing Jake Connor from Huddersfield and a home debut for half-back David Hewitt, on loan from St Helens.
Danny Langtree opened the scoring when York full-back Ben Dent failed to hold a Lewis Palfrey bomb, but the visitors dominated the rest of the half to lead 12-6 at the interval.
There was a complete turn-around in the second half, however, when Roughyeds scored 28 unanswered points to finish worthy winners.
Michael Ward won the club’s official man-of-the-match award, while two-try Josh Crowley won the magic-moment award for the deft skill he displayed when sending in Jack Holmes at the corner with a pass of which any top-class centre would have been proud to make.
Oldham scorers: goals, Palfrey (5); tries, Langtree, Ward, Holmes, P Joy, Crowley (2).
Oldham: Gee; Clay, Roberts, Connor, Holmes; Palfrey, Hewitt; Neal, Owen, P Joy, Crowley, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Files, Hughes, Ward, Mason.
York: Dent; Morrison, Minikin, Channing, Clare; Howden, Presley; Applegarth, P Smith, Aldous, E Smith, Tonks, Nicholson. Subs: Brining, Cunningham, Blagbrough, Mallinder.
Referee: D Merrick; att, 581.