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Oldham performance ‘unacceptable’ — Naylor

SCOTT Naylor described Oldham’s performance in a 24-16 home defeat by Hunslet as “unacceptable’ and “not good enough”.

“It needs sorting out,” said a furious Naylor after seeing Roughyeds throw away a 16-6 lead midway through the second half.

Even at that stage the home side should have gone 22-6 ahead, but Craig Briscoe was judged to have lost the ball in the act of scoring a fourth Oldham try under the posts.

Said Naylor:

“From a position of ten points to the good at home we shouldn’t be losing. We should be kicking on and winning comfortably.

“That’s nothing to do with structure, the coach or with match officials; it’s down to the players and whether or not they want to finish the game and win it the right way.

“WE NEED TO HAVE A GOOD, LONG LOOK AT OURSELVES AND DECIDE WHAT WE WANT FROM THIS SEASON .

“I WANT PROMOTION . . . THE PLAYERS NEED TO DECIDE IF THEY DO.

“What we dished up today was a huge disappointment. For whatever reason we are producing some pretty average performances.

“We can’t seem to string together quality rugby for any length of time. We’ll do ten minutes here and there, then things go wrong. Then we’ll go behind and it’s a case of when are we going to wake up.

“IT’S NOT ACCEPTABLE; NOT GOOD ENOUGH; AND IT NEEDS SORTING OUT.

“I take responsibility for it and I’ll take all the criticism I expect to get but the players have also to act like grown men and do exactly the same.

“There is one answer to the problem and it lies inside the players.

“In spells when we do the basics right and do them to a high level teams struggle massively against us.

“The flip side is that when we don’t do those things properly we struggle with every team.”

Oldham have now lost three of their first five Betfred League 1 games and are seriously in urgent need of a return to form when they take on Keighley Cougars at the Vestacare next Sunday (3pm), ahead of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Hull KR at Bower Fold on the following Sunday, April 22.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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