Scott seeks ‘big response’

Date published: Friday, April 5, 2013

WIN or lose at Hunslet on Sunday, Scott Naylor is looking to his young Oldham RL side to play with pride and passion in the wake of last week’s league defeat by Rochdale.

“I want a response — and a big one,” said the Roughyeds’ boss, who regards this Tetley’s Challenge Cup third-round tie at the South Leeds Stadium (3pm) as an opportunity for his players to regain their self esteem and self belief against opponents from a higher division.
With two crucial Kingstone Press Championship One games coming up this month against new clubs Gloucester and Oxford, Roughyeds will be required to show what they are made of at Hunslet, irrespective of the result.
For the fifth game in a row, players on dual registration will be conspicuous by their absence as Naylor pins his faith in his own boys.
“We put the Rochdale game to bed on Tuesday and then started to focus on Hunslet,” said Naylor.
“We need to go with confidence and have a real go at them.
“I don’t know what they’ll be doing with their dual reg players — that’s between them and Leeds Rhinos — and I’m not wasting time trying to second guess.
“We are going as we are and I want the way we play to be a positive reaction to last week’s loss.
“We have to turn up, give 100 per cent, play well and see where it takes us.”
Naylor will select from 20 —- the 17 who played last week plus Neil Roden, Danny Samuel and Liam Gilchrist, who was ruled out of the Rochdale game by a calf muscle injury.
He trained normally last night, but everything hinges now on whether he suffers any reaction.
Young second-row men Josh Crowley and Danny Langtree, in good early-season form, will be out to impress against Championship opponents with Langtree hoping to extend his try-scoring run to four games in a row, having notched up 2-1-1 against Gateshead, South Wales and Rochdale.
Oldham (from): Lepori; Agoro, Cookson, Samuel, Nield, Bloomfield; Palfrey, Dallimore, Roden; Boults, Gee, Joy, Gilchrist, Langtree, Crowley, Hobson, Files, Marriott, Tyrer, Hughes.
Naylor will have options in his back division, at half-back and in the front-row, but not nearly as many choices to make as his Hawks counterpart Barry Eaton.
His club’s website lists a first-team squad of 34 (12 more than Oldham) and includes no fewer than SEVEN players on dual reg from Leeds —- Brad Singleton, Jamel Chisholm, Jimmy Keinhorst, Jimmy Watson, Liam Hood, Mitch Achurch and Richard Moore.
He can play no more than five at once and over Easter he played four in defeat at Batley and three when pipped 22-18 at home to Keighley on Monday —- Watson at full-back, Keinhorst in the centre and Chisholm on the wing.
Dual reg players appearing in the cup this weekend will not be eligible to play for their parent clubs in subsequent rounds so that may restrict Hunslet on this occasion.
Eaton, like Naylor, won’t announce a team until later. but the Hawks lined up against Keighley like this:
Hunslet (probable): Watson; Pryce, Keinhorst, Welham, Chisholm; Grimshaw, Ansell; Yates, Haigh, Menzies, Haughey, Oakes, March. Subs: Hughes, Helliwell, Houston, Lewis.
Both clubs will be keen to figure in Monday’s fourth-round draw, which includes Super League clubs, in the hope of making money from a lucrative tie.