PRIDE in performance; pride in the jersey; pride in the club.
Scott Naylor said Oldham showed all three qualities against Leigh’s galaxy of stars despite
their 48-18 loss at LSV.
Last year’s League One champions have lost their first two games in the Championship — the first one 22-0 at home to London Broncos — but head coach Naylor was buoyed by how well they performed for most of the game at Leigh.
They scored 18 points, including the last two tries of the game, and in the regular season last year, before the super 8s, only Bradford Bulls and Dewsbury Rams scored more on the Centurions home ground.
Naylor also believed there was little between the sides apart from a bad spell for Roughyeds early in the second half when the full-time professionals piled on 28 points in 17 minutes.
His bravehearts had already been depleted by the loss through injury in the first half of Steve Roper and Liam Thompson.
Both left the field with suspected concussion, never to return. Hooker Gareth Owen went back on at half-back and Sam Gee filled-in at prop, playing there for the first time in his career.
With Dewsbury Rams next on the agenda at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm), Roper and Thompson are added to an injury list which also includes Danny Grimshaw and Craig Briscoe.
Said Naylor: “We couldn’t have had it any tougher than going up against full-time opposition in our first two games.
“We’ve learned a lot in those two games and I’m pleased that, for most of the game at Leigh, we were a lot better than we were against London.
“Even when they were conceding points you could see the pride in the side. They gave it everything they had got from start to finish and that outstanding attitude will stand us in good stead as the season unfolds.
“I’m not going to dwell on injuries to Roper and Thompson because that’s part of the game, but it did make a difference to us, obviously, because we were two light on the bench for the whole of the second half.
“We still managed to score 12 points in the last quarter of an hour and that says a lot about our fitness, our resilience and our spirit.”
At the end of the game Oldham players went across to their fans who gave them a rousing reception.
Fans are reminded that to travel with the club to Stalybridge for the Dewsbury game, price £1.50 return, they need to book on 07904898177.