Palfrey piles on pointsDate published: Thursday, August 13, 2015
LEWIS Palfrey’s 11 goals and three tries at Hemel confirmed his status as the most prolific gatherer of points in Kingstone Press League One.
The 25-year-old Oldham captain will lead his side into battle at Newcastle on Sunday, having kicked more goals (91) and amassed more points (227) than any other player in the division.
Barrow’s Josh Ward is second with 78 goals and Paul Crook of Rochdale is Palfrey’s nearest challenger on points with 185.
Taking the sport as a whole and encompassing all competitions, only Martyn Ridyard of Leigh Centurions, with 143, as landed more goals than Palfrey’s 112 — four more than Ryan Shaw of Bradford Bulls and ten more than Kevin Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos.
Palfrey says it is a “pleasure and a privilege” to captain an Oldham team that tops the division with four points to spare and can boast by far the longest winning run of the 38 clubs in Super League, the Championship and League One.
Halifax’s 14-0 defeat by Widnes Vikings in round one of the Super 8s (Qualifiers) ended their winning streak at nine and left Roughyeds, who will be going for ten straight wins this weekend, way out in front and followed by League One rivals Swinton (six wins) and York (five).
Scott Naylor’s men have amassed more points, 680, than any other side in the division, despite the coach’s insistence that defence will determine where Oldham finish.
Palfrey is regarded more as a maker of tries than a scorer of them, but his hat-trick at Hemel took his overall total for the season so far to 11 — more than he scored in 2013 and 2014 put together.
In terms of club records for points in a season, Palfrey’s 269 to date has already beaten Andy Ballard’s 254 in 2009, but he still trails Mick Nanyn, the ‘new’ Oldham club’s record holder with 362 in 2008 and Pat Rich, who finished with 320 in 2001.
Nanyn did it in 32 games and Rich in 34 so bearing in mind that Palfrey has made 22 appearances so far this season, he is right up there with them if you calculate his stats on a pro-rata basis.
* ORSA report that their hospitality function at the Oldham v Barrow game on Sunday week, August 23, is a sell-out.
* In anticipation of four-figure crowds at the remaining home games, the club is actively seeking more ground-safety stewards (see club website for details).