SCOTT Naylor was well satisfied with Roughyeds’ hard work and commitment, but disappointed by his side’s inability to break down a resolute London defence when his men earned several back-to-back sets in the first half.
Trailing 4-0 at the interval, Oldham were still in contention against the big-spending full-time professionals from our capital city.
But Roughyeds couldn’t stick with it in the second half when Broncos, who fancy their chances of returning to Super League this year, scored three more tries to win 22-0 and to underline the levels Naylor’s men need to aspire to.
Said the Oldham boss: “I’m disappointed by the result, obviously, but there were a lot of positives to come out of our performance even though we are on a learning curve and we need to learn quickly.
“Our work rate and commitment were both first class, but we have a lot to work on and a lot to talk about. We always knew that would be the case no matter what happened in the game.
“We seemed to panic a bit when we were pressing on their line. We needed to be steadier and calmer in order to get a try which would have given us a lift.
“It wasn’t to be. London defended exceptionally well.
“Last year, in League One, we would have come away with points from so much pressure on our opponents’ line and that’s the challenge for us this year — to turn pressure into points against Championship defences when we earn back-to-back sets on their line.”
Broncos boss Andrew Henderson conceded that Oldham put his side under a lot of first-half pressure, but heaped plaudits on the visitors’ enthusiasm to work hard in defence and to keep the Championship new boys scoreless.
“Defensively, the boys turned up to do a job and I’m delighted by the way they did it,” said the Aussie, who wasn’t at all happy with the way London were hammered 34-0 at Dewsbury seven days earlier in their final warm-up game.
He added: “We repelled everything Oldham threw at us in the first half and then got well on top the longer the game went on, as we always felt we would.”