HAVING become the latest member of our current squad to re-sign for next year, Adam Clay is looking forward to the big match against Whitehaven at Bower Fold (tomorrow, Sunday, September 11, kick-off 3pm)
He said: “What we need to do is stay calm and relaxed, complete our sets, play it tough and eradicate those lapses of concentration which have cost us dearly in the last three games.
“We’ve got to stop conceding penalties too because they give the opposition easy yards, get them on the front foot and allow them to dictate.
“From memory, we also conceded lots of penalties in League One last year, but in that division we were so much fitter than most of the other sides that we were able to cope with it relatively easily.”
Clay (25) has scored 32 tries in 60 games for Oldham since joining the club half way through the 2014 season after seeing service with Barrow and North Wales Crusaders.
He registered 20 in 23 in last year’s promotion run, but it’s been tougher in the Championship, only eight in 28.
“I still prefer the higher standard. It keeps you on your toes. And it’s nice to have some stability at one club. I’ve done the one-year-here and one-year-there thing and I’ve played more games for Oldham now than any other club I’ve been with.
“So long as Oldham want me, I can’t see myself playing anywhere else now and it goes without saying that I expect that to be in the Championship.”
Whitehaven will have different ideas. They looked doomed when beaten 30-10 by Halifax in their last home game, but with nearly the same side they went to Dewsbury on a wing and a prayer and absolutely demolished them in the second half, scoring 46 points against six.
There is absolutely no doubt that ‘Haven have upped the tempo since four senior players — Dave Allen, Carl Forster, Craig Calvert and Scott McAvoy —- were placed in charge.
It has all the makings of a cracker. It’s also our last home game of the season and if ever the boys needed your support and backing it’s in this match. Do try and be there — and if you can bring a friend so much the better.