FULL of pride for the way Oldham conducted themselves with the odds stacked against them at Leigh, Scott Naylor said the score didn’t reflect the game or the contribution Roughyeds made to it. said there was a definite improvement on their performance against London Broncos and lessons learned in that defeat were put to good use here against the red-hot favourites to win the competition.
“There was a 20-minute spell in the second half when we let them dictate the speed of the game,” said the Roughyeds boss.
“During that bad spell for us, Leigh also got a few decisions in their favour when the ball was on the floor.
“But apart from that 20 minutes — for an hour in other words —– I didn’t think there was much between the teams, to be totally honest.”
Without even touching on the ‘part-time, full-time’ disparity, Leigh owner Derek Beaumont put things in perspective.
Following the Centurions’ 48-18 win against the Championship new boys at LSV, he told a packed hospitality suite: “I genuinely believe that if Oldham can play like this every week they will still be in the Championship next year.
“We’ve got to take into account that we probably spent seven times as much on our squad as Oldham did on theirs.”
Centurions coach Neil Jukes lauded Roughyeds’ big effort, as did retired second-row forward Tommy Goulden, who played for Oldham and hometown Leigh before putting his boots on the shelf for the last time at the end of last season.
Said Jukes: “Scott (Naylor) and ‘Spanner’ (Lee Spencer) are doing a great job. Oldham is a good club. They do it right.
“They work hard for what they get, as they did today, and its good to have another Lancashire team in this division.”
Added Goulden: “I was impressed with Oldham. They had a bad spell at the start of the second half, but apart from that they had a lot to offer. I particularly liked the way they finished so strongly to score the last two tries of the game.”