‘Proud’ Scott hails his youngsters

Date published: Monday, June 10, 2013
SCOTT Naylor was the proudest man in Wrexham after watching his young Oldham side give unbeaten league leaders North Wales Crusaders a massive fright in their own back yard.

Lewis Palfrey had a chance to level the scores with the last kick of a fiercely-contested yet superbly entertaining match, but his conversion attempt off the right-hand touchline swung wide of the far post to give the Welsh side a 22-20 victory.

Disappointing though that was from an Oldham angle, Naylor was happy in the knowledge that Roughyeds had deserved at least a draw and had looked a completely different side to the one that was beaten 48-12 at the same venue in the Northern Rail Cup on the opening day of the season.

Said the Oldham boss: “Not bad, hey, for a bunch of young kids.

“No words of mine right now can express how proud I am of this Oldham team, the youngest in the division.

“What’s more, they are the most committed and hardest-working group of young players I’ve ever been associated with.

“What the boys did today was just one more sign that everything is moving in the right direction.

“Last time we were here we conceded a few points just after half-time, as we did again today — 16 points in seven minutes, in fact.

“But the difference in our response this time was unbelievable.

“As the season has gone on we have become mentally stronger, tougher and fitter and those qualities are taking us a long way, as Crusaders discovered when we got well on top at the back end of each half.

“We are young, but we are learning fast, and the boys are growing as players and growing as people.

“Crusaders have been blowing everybody away. They are recognised as the best and most experienced team in the division, full of quality players and ex-internationals, yet we matched them for all but that silly seven minutes when we lost our way a bit just after half time.

“It would be unfair to single anybody out because all 17 had a real dig.

“It was so close that it could easily have swung our way on the bounce of the ball or if a couple of decisions had gone the other way.

“We got a bonus point out of it but I can truthfully say we deserved more, and I’m sure every Oldham supporter would concur with that view.”