“Toughest game of the season”…..Naylor

Date published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
OLDHAM RL head into Friday’s Championship One top-of-the-table clash at Hunslet Hawks (2pm kick off) as the only unbeaten side in the division.
Tony Benson’s Oxford pulled off a surprise win at York last time out to open a path for Oldham to return to second place, two points behind Hunslet but with a game in hand.
“It’s going to be our toughest game of the season,” said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor. “We’ll need all hands on deck, and that means fans as well, as many as can get there to get behind us vocally.”
While Oldham were scoring ten tries against Gateshead Thunder in a 52-16 win, Hunslet were winning comfortably at Gloucester All Golds.
They have, however, already been beaten at the South Leeds Stadium this season — by York.
Naylor said coaching staff and players were in buoyant mood after hitting Gateshead with their best performance of the season to date.
Revealing that alterations in strategy have taken place on training nights, he added: “We’ve moved things around a bit over the past three or four weeks. I don’t want to go into detail, but it seems it might be having the desired affect.
“A lot of what we’ve been doing was put into use against Gateshead. It was good to see the players responding to it.”
Bumps and bruises apart, they came through Sunday’s game without further injuries.
George Tyson and Ben Wood needed attention on the pitch after taking knocks, but both recovered quickly to finish the game.
Centre David Cookson played his first game for several weeks in the under-20s 27-24 defeat by Halifax at Whitebank on Saturday.
Early indications were that he came through without further mishap. If he has suffered no reaction when the squad meets up for training this week he is expected to be in contention for the Hunslet game.