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Naylor’s thumbs-up for two-try Briscoe

SCOTT Naylor has given the boss’s seal of approval to two-try Craig Briscoe’s performance in the 60-0 win at Coventry Bears.

The 25-year-old former Leigh and Barrow forward passed a major milestone in the West Midlands in his full recovery after a major reconstruction of a knee and a full season out.

It was his first start in nearly two years and only his fifth since he signed for Roughyeds ahead of the 2016 season and smashed a knee in a pre-season game at Barrow.

What’s more, he played the full game — a rarity for him since his injury — and he crowned a fine performance with tries in the 26th and 76th minutes, both on good distribution by Dave Hewitt.

“He had a good game — and he did it wider out as a second-rower rather than in the middle where we’ve been playing him previously,” said Scott.

“He had good minutes (all 80, in fact), his involvement was good and he scored a couple of tries.

“He’s been playing as a replacement prop off the bench, but this was his first start for a long time; his first second-row game for a long time; and the first time he’s done the full 80 for a long time.

“It must be two-and-a-half to three years since he did a full game and the reality is that he’s still getting used to playing again after such a long time out.”

In 2016 he played only seven times (four starts, three as a sub) and in 2017 he didn’t play at all as he recovered from a major operation.

Prior to the Coventry game, he had made nine appearances this season, all of them off the bench.

Added Scott:

“It was very pleasing to see Craig playing as he did for 80 minutes and in the second-row.

“We now know he is fine there so that gives us more options and that’s got to be good.”

Also on the comeback trail, after a pre-season back injury, is prop Ben Davies.

It was his first run-out of the year at the Butts Park Arena where he scored the first of Oldham’s 11 tries and had three spells on the field after starting the game in the front-row with Phil Joy.

Said Scott:

“It was good to see Ben back and doing so well. It was the right sort of game for him to make his comeback, but he knows better than anyone that he needs more rugby and tougher challenges than that.”

Scott will have some tough selection decisions to make in the side to play London Skolars at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm) when Roughyeds will be going for their eighth Betfred League 1 win in a row.



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This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

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