The boys have earned a few days off

Date published: Monday, July 15, 2013
OLDHAM RL players didn’t make it to the top in Championship One without a few bumps along the way.

They took a rollicking from coach Scott Naylor after a poor first-half performance against South Wales Scorpions and lost winger Dale Bloomfield at half-time with a painful wrist injury.

The hard word worked. After trailing 22-18 at the interval, they battered South Wales into submission in the second half, rattling up 32 points without reply.

Said skipper Lewis Palfrey: “We were out-enthused in the first half, but Scott (Naylor) gave us a ticking off at half-time. It was a real reality check and it did the trick.

“We went out for the second half and put in a thoroughly professional performance.”

Two-try man of the match Josh Crowley added: “It was one of those days when we thought we had only to turn up to win, but Championship One is not that sort of a division. It doesn’t work like that.”

The boss’s hard line at half-time became a softly-softly approach by the end of the game when he gave them a pat on the back with the promise of a few days off.
“They’ve earned a rest and a little break,” said Naylor. “We’ve no game next weekend so we’ll take a few days off to recharge our batteries and come back fit and fresh for the final push over the last four games of the regular season.”
North Wales Crusaders, league leaders all season, now trail Roughyeds by two points, but they have two games in hand.
One of those games is against Oldham at Whitebank on Sunday, July 28 (3pm kick off), but first they must play London Skolars at Halifax next weekend in the Northern Rail Bowl, a curtain-raiser to the Northern Rail Cup final.
Oldham will have to beat the Welshmen to retain a realistic hope of winning the title, but having won nine of their last 11 games they will be fired up and full of confidence in tackling them head on at Whitebank.
The under-20s game against Hemel Stags at Whitebank, postponed on June 22 because Hemel couldn’t raise a team, has been rearranged for next Saturday, July 20, with a 2pm kick off.