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‘We wouldn’t have won that last year’ — Scott

Anthony Murray called it “cruel”; Scott Naylor needed no prompting to advance the view that Crusaders didn’t deserve to lose.

Nevertheless, the scoreline doesn’t lie: Crusaders 14, Oldham 16 (Oldham three tries, Crusaders two).

Said Scott:

“The biggest thing I’ll take from this was the amount of character we showed. We wouldn’t have won that last year.

“This was the best Crusaders side we’ve seen for about three years and I think Anthony Murray has done a great job. If I’m perfectly honest they didn’t deserve to lose. We know what it’s like to lose in those circumstances and it’s not nice.

“In the first half especially they were very good at the things you’ve got to be good at — completing sets, defending well, putting us under pressure and kicking effectively.

“They put us under pressure a lot but we didn’t reciprocate. Conditions didn’t make for good rugby, but it was the same for both sides.

“We went 14-0 down before we realised we needed to up our game and play a bit more rugby. I’ve already spoken about the conditions, but whatever the weather we seem to lack a little bit of confidence and self-belief to play the rugby I’m certain we can achieve.

“The more we get used to playing alongside each other, the better we’ll be and we’ll then score a lot of points.

“I have to say, though, that not many teams will come to Wrexham and win if Crusaders continue to play like they did today.

“In the end it was probably a little bit of quality, as provided by Anthony Bowman, that was the difference between the two sides.

“I must re-iterate, however, that Crusaders will take a lot of beating on home soil.”

Home coach Anthony Murray, gracious in defeat, described rugby league as a “cruel game” at times and said he was massively impressed by his side’s defensive effort which was much better than it was at Workington.

Kenny Hughes, who left Oldham at the end of last season after eight years and 138 appearances, summed up his disappointment in one word — “Gutted“.

He was the Crusaders replacement hooker, coming off the bench to take over from Karl Ashall.

Fans’ Forum

DON’T forget the Fans’ Forum in the Vestacare Social Club tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 7pm. Open to anyone and everyone.

It will be fronted by club chairman Chris Hamilton and marketing business woman Julie Collins and most members of the recently-formed management team will be in attendance.

It starts at 7pm. Hope to see you there.



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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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