Scott welcomes chane to make amends

Date published: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
OLDHAM need no reminding that their big play-off clash at York will take them back to the ground where they were smashed 54-12 in the league.
That awful July day at the Huntington Stadium, coming nine weeks after the league leaders were pipped 31-30 at Whitebank, is still regarded as the season’s lowest point.
It was the worst league let-down in Scott Naylor’s two-year tenure as Roughyeds boss and he has welcomed the opportunity provided by the play-offs to see his side avenge that nine-try defeat when they go back to the Huntington Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick off).
York will be in action for only the second time in five weeks, following their 38-28 win over London Skolars on September 7.
After the game they were presented with the Kingstone Press Championship One trophy for finishing five points ahead of Hunslet and six ahead of Oldham.
Said Naylor: “I don’t see us going to York this time and playing like we did in July.
“We had a few injuries and it was one of those days when anything that could go wrong, did go wrong.
“On the back of that York were very good, but the match stats showed it was a very strange game in terms of how much ball we lost and how little field position we commanded.”
Four key players who figured prominently in the Roughyeds’ thrilling 25-24 play-off triumph at Hunslet on Friday didn’t feature at York last time.
Kenny Hughes, Jon Ford and Nathan Mason were out injured and Gareth Owen back then wasn’t an Oldham player.
Of even more significance, ┬áNaylor’s men couldn’t escape the wrath of referee Tom Crashley, who penalised them nine times in a row.
With one piece of silverware already in the trophy cabinet, York expect fans to turn out in force for what could be the last game ever to be played at the Huntington Stadium.
Next season they will play at the Bootham Crescent home of York City FC while they wait for a new community stadium to house both the City Knights and the football club.
In a plea to fans on their website, the club says: “We urge all the people of York to turn out and support us against Oldham as we start our play-off push for promotion. Your club needs you.
“Let’s make it an afternoon to remember.”