“So far,so good”

Date published: Monday, June 30, 2014
WHILE Oldham were winning their seventh game in eight at Oxford, fancied Hunslet Hawks were slipping to a home defeat by Gloucester.
Roughyeds now boast fewer defeats — two — than any other team in Championship One, as well as being the only side with an unbeaten home record.
“So far, so good,” said coach Scott Naylor in the aftermath of an eight-try triumph at Oxford which opens up a four-point gap between York and Oldham at the top, each on 33 points, and Hunslet in third on 29 with a game in hand.
Added the Oldham boss: “I’ve got to be pleased with a win like this after a long coach journey and against a side that always raises its game against us. It was always going to be a tough ask.
“It keeps us level at the top with York and we’ve still to play them at their place.
“We weren’t at our best, but we never looked like losing. It wasn’t a heart-thumper because we were always able to lift ourselves when we needed to in order to keep a couple of scores in front.
“I’m always striving hard for perfection, but perhaps there are times when I’m a bit too hard on the boys because they’re not always going to play at 100 per cent.
“We were a little bit patchy, coming up with a good ten minutes here and a good ten minutes there, without showing any real consistency. That applied both individually and collectively.
“We have an exceptionally tough July and we’ll have to find consistency so that we can be at our best in every game.
“This was the last game in a group of seven without a break. We focused on winning all seven and we finished with six wins, including three away from home at Gloucester, Gateshead and now Oxford. That’s pretty good by anybody’s standards.
“Once again, everyone contributed to the overall result today and it was very much a team effort so I’m not going to talk about individuals.
“I played an unchanged team on the back of our excellent performance at Gateshead , but I’m thinking of making changes against Gloucester at Whitebank in our next game on July 13 and probably using more of the squad throughout July because it will be such a tough and demanding month.”