We must rise above our disappointment -- Naylor

DESPITE the bitter disappointment of relegation, Oldham’s coaching and playing staff need to be professional and switched-on in their final game of the season against Dewsbury Rams at Bower Fold on Sunday, said head coach Scott Naylor.

Speaking after last night’s training session, Naylor said the side that lost the crucial game at Swinton Lions came through relatively unscathed and he expected to have few, if any, injury problems for the Dewsbury game.

Prop Adam Neal dislocated the top of a thumb and back-row man Liam Thompson suffered a recurrence of a cut above an eye, but ‘Thompy’ was the only doubt.

Added the Roughyeds boss: “Five years of what we’ve been doing together seems to have come to an end so in that respect everyone is massively disappointed.

“For different reasons, quite a bit of all this was taken out of our hands, but we have a job to do on Sunday and as professionals we have to prepare as we would for any game in the hope that we can give our terrific fans a bit of something on the last day.

“They are naturally very disappointed. So are the players and staff, but we have to rise above that and get ready for Dewsbury as normal.”

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