Time to take a breakDate published: Monday, August 24, 2015
LEWIS Palfrey and Co have been given a week off and told to forget all about rugby before preparations begin in earnest for a final assault on the League One title.
With no game now until the visit of promotion rivals Swinton Lions on September 6, Oldham boss Scott Naylor says it is crucial for his players to freshen up.
“Just getting away from me for a week will do them a world of good,” he said, following the 28-12 win over Barrow Raiders which carried them to a club record-equalling 11 wins in a row.
“We’ve not had a break since the weekend of Sunday, May 24 and with each successive win the pressure builds on the lads because everybody raises their game to try to knock us off our pedestal.
“That’s a long time between breaks and for a few days at least they need to get right away from rugby and get away from me.
“I’ve told them they won’t be hearing my voice for a bit because I will make a point of not ringing them.
“I can’t speak too highly about these guys. They have been absolutely outstanding as a group, every one of them without exception.
“Their attitudes, work ethics, pride in performances and pride in the badges on their jerseys is reflected in the way they play and how they constantly challenge themselves as individuals and as a team.
“They deserve the highest praise and credit from everyone associated with the Oldham club.
“We haven’t won anything yet, but it’s my great pleasure to work with these lads and now it will be nice to have a break for the re-charging of batteries.
“Hopefully, we can then do well on the final assault to finish the job we started with a win at Rochdale last Easter.”
No injuries were reported after the Barrow bruiser and with Jack Holmes (foot strain) expected to be cleared soon, Naylor says he will have a fully-fit squad by the time Swinton come to Whitebank, with the exception of Steven Nield, who is out for the season and waiting for a knee operation.
Barrow boss Paul Crarey hid his disappointment in defeat by referring to Oldham’s winning fightback from 12-0 down and said: “Champion teams don’t lie down. Scott (Naylor) has clearly instilled that into his team.”