Tony Benson’s comments

Date published: Saturday, March 13, 2010

Roughyeds coach Tony Benson was delighted with his team’s performance in a 29-16 win at Hunslet — and he was also chuffed by the level of support his players received from Oldham fans.

The attendance was a disappointing 521, but it appeared that a large percentage of those came from Oldham.

“One of the highlights of the game was our level of support,” he said. “The fans were extremely vocal and the players remarked about that after the game. They also said whenever they glanced up into the stand all they saw was red and white.

“Every ground we play on now sounds like a home game, and I know the players are particularly grateful for that. They think it’s terrific.

“It helps, of course, because we are playing well. I think we are going to be hard to beat. Losing Matty Ashe and Martin Roden could have ruined things for us, but the others were clever enough to keep it simple while they were off the field.

“In the second half our composure was good. There were a few things we needed to tighten up on, but we kept our heads, commanded field position and put more points on the boad.

“I honestly don’t think the lads were ever seriously worried at any point. I know I wasn’t,

“In the first half we had lots of things piled against us, but we came off 16-10 up and that had to be a good sign.

“We went for the drop goal for two reasons. We figured that Hunslet heads would drop if they had to score three times to win it and, secondly, it denied them a bonus point, which was also important.”