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Naylor’s praise for ‘best defence in the division’

SCOTT Naylor’s tenacious tacklers boast the best defensive record in Betfred League 1 after their 50-6 win against North Wales Crusaders and Bradford’s 30-28 home defeat by York City Knights.

Having played 18 of their 26 games in the regular season, Oldham have let in 209 points — ten fewer than league leaders Bradford.

On average Roughyeds have conceded 11.6 points a game and that’s an indication, says Naylor, of the tenacity in defence that will stand Roughyeds in good stead in what is sure to be a nail-biting scrap to finish in the play-off four.

He was given a red card and banished from the touchline by referee Michael Mannifield after questioning the official’s decision to award Crusaders a penalty shortly before half-time.

The Roughyeds boss, who watched the rest of the game from up in the stand, wouldn’t comment afterwards, but he had plenty to say about his team and the way they got their play-off challenge back on track after a dodgy spell.

He said:

“It was nice to get back to something like the team we were before the recent run of poor results.

“It’s always good to score a few points, but it’s good to keep the opposition’s score down too and I was very pleased at the way we defended to restrict Crusaders to one try, as we have done in a few games this year. That’s a real positive.

“We played a lot more direct. The forwards were very good and how good was it to see Danny Langtree back in the team and going so well ?

“All in all it was a big day at the office for club and fans, but we’v got to continue in the same mood at Doncaster next week.

“We need to be consistently good in defence and also with ball in hand and if we are, the results will take care of themselves.

“It needs to be another good day at the office next Sunday because from here on in it’s all about consistency.”

Crusaders coach Anthony Murray, a former Oldham player, said he was very disappointed with his team’s performance.

He added:

“Oldham are fighting towards the top of this division and they deserve to be there because they’re a very good team.

“Sometimes you look back at a defeat and at the way you lost and I have to say I was very disappointed at that performance.”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

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.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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