What Scott said

Date published: Monday, February 10, 2014
SCOTT Naylor is too honest and too much of a realist to be carried away by his Oldham side’s win against Swinton Lions at Whitebank.
For periods of the previous game at Barrow they were the better side, losing 16-6 but on top territorially for much of a scoreless second half at Craven Park.
In their second pre-season run-out against Championship sides, Naylor’s men conquered Swinton Lions 24-18 after hitting back from 18-4 down early in the second half.
It was a remarkable fightback, but the Oldham boss said he couldn’t dismiss his side’s disappointing showing over the first 50 minutes.
He said: “The last 30 minutes was ‘us’ — that’s the sort of side we are when playing on full throttle.
“For 50 minutes, though, we didn’t seem to be at the races.
“Whether that was because we took them lightly, I don’t know.
“I do know that we had the right attitude at Barrow for 80 minutes and the same attitude against Swinton for only 30 minutes.
“That will give us plenty to talk about this week and plenty of things to work on.
“If we consistently show the resolve we had in the last half hour we’ll be there or thereabouts when the league games start so that’s what we’ve got to aim for.
“Swinton played well in the first half, but we didn’t control possession and we failed to dictate the speed of the ruck.
“This gave them most of the ball and most of the field position and it enabled Ian Watson to control everything on the field.
“We spoke about that at half-time, and when we started to defend tougher, run harder and show more commitment and desire collectively then things started to come right.
“It isn’t rocket science to know that the harder you work as a team, and the more desire you have, the greater will be your rewards.”
Oldham’s third and final warm-up clash is against Leigh Centurions at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm kick off).
* The Oldham club paid its last respects to the late Nigel Marland at the first home game since he died from heart trouble, aged 65. The team was led on to the field by his brother John and by club chairman Chris Hamilton.
A floral tribute in the shape of a rugby ball was placed between the two lines of players and fans held a minute’s applause as a thank-you for his life and all he had done for the club.
Among his many roles, he was chairman of the supporters’ association, editor of the match-day programme, game-day PA announcer and organiser of a fans’ Squad Strengthener scheme to assist the club in the signing of players.