“Score didn’t do us justice”—Chris

Date published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
ON the back of a brave and gutsy effort in Challenge Cup defeat at Bradford, Oldham RL Club chairman Chris Hamilton hopes more fans will turn out to support Roughyeds in their bid to make an impact on Championship One.
Despite a heavy cup loss, 60-6, Hamilton says the fans who were there know the score does scant justice to the work Oldham put in.
Scott Naylor’s boys, he added, were “proud to wear the Oldham jersey and proud to represent the town.”
He went on: “The players put in a massive effort and, bizarre as it might seem, the score was harsh on us.
“Every player is to be commended for effort and hopefully everything we have learned from this experience can be carried over into our league games, which form our main focus for the year.
“Support for the team at Bradford was outstanding. Our fans were heavily outnumbered, but they certainly were not out-shouted.
“Next Sunday we are at home to Gateshead Thunder — only our second home game and our first in five weeks — and we need people to get behind what we are trying to do and trying to achieve.
“Hopefully, this will be reflected in people wanting to come to Whitebank to watch a team that is proud to wear the Oldham jersey and proud to represent the town.”
Oldham took on the Super League club without three of their most influential players in the injured David Cookson, Adam Files and Liam Thompson.
Files and Thompson will be missing for a while, but Cookson (groin) will be available for selection for the Gateshead game this weekend.
Coach Scott Naylor confirmed the side came through the cup tie without further injury mishap. Despite the score, he felt it was Oldham’s best performance of the season so far — one that he will be striving to replicate in forthcoming league games.
Club captain Lewis Palfrey, meanwhile, has lauded the performance of centre Ben Wood.
Said the skipper: ” ‘Big Ben’ had his best game so far in top company. He’ll trouble any defence in our division when he’s at his best, as he was at Bradford.
“He looked like his old self and maybe this will be the catalyst for him to launch himself into the league campaign with the same sort of form.”
Naylor gave a debut off the bench to 20-year-old back-rower George Tyson, another who caught the eye in a spirited team effort.