Palfrey points the way

Date published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
LEWIS Palfrey continues to take Championship One by storm.

The 23-year-old Oldham RL captain is named at stand-off in the division’s team of the week, while also heading the lists of goals and points scorers for that division.

Palfrey was inspirational in table-topping Roughyeds’ 28-10 win against title rivals North Wales Crusaders, kicking four goals, assisting in three tries and leading by example.

Goals: Palfrey (OLDHAM) 54, Skee (London Skolars) 49, Johnson (North Wales) 42, Crook (Rochdale) 40, Leather (Oxford) 33.

Points: Palfrey (OLDHAM) 120, Skee (London Skolars) 114, Johnson (North Wales) 104, Leather (Oxford) 92, Crook (Rochdale) 88.

Tries: Ford (OLDHAM) 15, Massam (North Wales) 14, Middlehurst (North Wales) 12, Files (OLDHAM) 10, Grant (South Wales) 10.

Jon Ford, at centre, and Phil Joy, at prop, join Palfrey in the week’s top team.

Also in it are six players with whom Roughyeds have still to cross swords in their three remaining league games.

They are full-back James Anthony and second-row forward Sam Wellings of Skolars, winger Martin Waring, centre Dave Hull and prop Warren Thompson of Rochdale and hooker Steve Parry of Gloucester All Golds.

Third-placed Skolars, whom Oldham play at the New River Stadium on Sunday (3pm), have two players in the top four of the player-of-the-year rankings —- stand-off Mike Bishay, top on 10 points, and second-rower Mike Worrincy, in fourth place.

Oldham’s leading two are Ford, who is joint fifth, and Palfrey, joint seventh.

Skolars are expected to give a home debut against Oldham to new signing Gareth Raynor, the former Leeds, Hull, Bradford, Crusaders and Great Britain international.

He played his first game for the Londoners on the wing in a 35-28 win at Gloucester.

Half-back Andy McLean, injured in the Bowl final against Crusaders, should be okay but winger Ade Adebisi, who was hurt in the same game, is still doubtful.

Roughyeds assistant coach Lee Spencer has done a sponsored three-day, 168-mile bike ride from Morecambe to Bridlington.

Some of the money he raised will be donated to ORSA’s Squad Strengthener fund.

He is expected to hand ORSA, the supporters’ association, around £300.