Scott; I was embarrassed

Date published: Monday, June 9, 2014

SCOTT Naylor confessed to being “embarrassed” by the ease with which Hemel Stags scored seven tries in their 44-32 defeat of Oldham in Hertfordshire

The players were locked in the dressing room with Naylor and his No 2, Lee Spencer, for nearly 20 minutes after Roughyeds had conceded more points than in any other league game during Naylor’s one and a half seasons in charge at Whitebank.
The Stags ended Oldham’s run of four wins in a row — and a chance for Naylor’s men to go top of Championship One was lost.
For that to happen York had to lose at Gloucester, and they did, 24-22.
Gateshead Thunder, another club recovering from a poor start now they’ve been taken over by new owners in RU club Newcastle Falcons, followed up their win at Hemel by enjoying another win at Oxford.
At the half-way point of the season Oldham remain in third place, one point behind leaders Hunslet and on the same number of points as second-placed York, who have a superior for-and-against record.
Had Roughyeds won at Hemel they would have gone one point clear at the top.
Said Naylor: “We had a good few fans here and to see us defending so badly made me embarrassed.
“This is a wake-up call for us and I hope some of the guys who played today are nervous about what might happen when I’m selecting the side for the next game.
“It’s no good playing well for two or three games and then thinking all you have to do is to turn up. Some of the boys looked as though they were too comfortable in ‘ownership’ of the positions they occupied.
“Rugby league is too hard, too tough and too intense for anybody to go into a game without having the right attitude.
“If the bloke in front of you wants it more than you, then you would have been just as well staying at home.”
Oldham are at home on Sunday (3pm) to South Wales Scorpions, who put more than 40 points on London Skolars in London to pick up their first win of the season — one of several surprise results.
The under-20s follow up their 24-12 win against the RAF by going to Keighley on Thursday, kick-off 7,30pm.