Scott ‘So proud’

Date published: Monday, September 23, 2013

SCOTT Naylor will hold his head up high when he walks out ahead of his young Oldham side in Sunday’s Championship One play-of final at Leigh Sports Village.

He’s played in Challenge Cup finals at Murrayfield, Twickenham and the Millennium Stadium and Super League grand finals at Old Trafford, but none of those will compare to the buzz he will get when involved in his first final as head coach in his home town of Leigh.

Having built his Oldham team from scratch and taken it to within 80 minutes of promotion, Naylor is poised and ready for the final push.

After caning London Skolars 64-8 at Whitebank, Roughyeds take on derby rivals Rochdale Hornets (2pm kick off) for the right to go up to the Championship, this being Oldham’s fifth final in seven years.

Said Naylor: “I’m full of pride for these Oldham boys, whose work ethic and attitude has been first-class since we first started training together last November.

“All they want to do is to improve as rugby players, listen to advice and absorb information.

“We have no chips on shoulders, no issues, no problems. They’re just a great bunch of young people who are only interested in playing for their team and for their club.

“It will be nice to be in a final. The fans will turn up for us and the lads will be ready to play.”

Skipper Lewis Palfrey, delighted by the 11-try win against Skolars, said: “If we play like that in the final we are going to be very hard to beat.

“This week we’ll have to look after our bodies, train well and see what the boss wants us to do.”

Seat tickets went on sale shortly after the Oldham-London game yesterday, priced at £20, £15 and £10 for concessions.

They will also be on sale at Whitebank, from the refreshment van inside the ground, each day this week, Monday to Friday inclusive from 10am to 1pm and from 5pm to 6.30pm.

Fans can also book on coaches, priced at £10. For more information phone Janet on 0161 624 9630, extension 70552.

The Championship decider, featuring Batley Bulldogs and Sheffield Eagles, will kick-off at 4.30pm.