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Naylor talks of ‘tough decisons” ahead after another late fade-out

​OLDHAM coach Scott Naylor has warned he might have to make “tough decisions” in a bid to find a solution to the mystery of why Roughyeds so often surrender leads in the closing stages of hard-fought battles.

For the third time in six Betfred League 1 games so far this season, Naylor’s men failed to put a lead of eight points or more under lock and key in the last few minutes and thus suffered a heart-breaking 36-28 defeat by Hunslet after leading 28-18 with eight minutes to go.

Hunslet’s 18 unanswered points in the dying embers of a fiercely-fought contest, to turn the game on its head, were a painful reminder of similar stories against Workington Town at home on the opening day of the season and against Newcastle Thunder away a fortnight ago.

Two great second-half tries by Zack McComb put the home side in a commanding position whereupon both sides were reduced to 11 men following a couple of separate flash-points in which Gareth Owen and Mike Emmett were sin-binned first and then Danny Langtree and Dan Hawksworth followed, ‘Langers’ on a yellow, the Hunslet prop on a red.

The penalty went to Oldham each time, but for ten of the remaining 13 minutes the net result was the same; both sides were reduced to 11 men on the hottest day of the year so far.
Dave Hewitt’s penalty goal from flash-point No 2 gave Oldham a 28-18 lead with 13 left and with Hawksworth taking an early shower.

What happened next left a “frustrated and disappointed” Naylor — his words — at a loss as to why his side should suddenly by out-muscled, out-run, outplayed and out-witted.

Adam Robinson crashed in, then Ben Heaton twice put the finishing touches to long, breakaway tries to leave Roughyeds flattened.

Said Naylor:

“I can’t fathom out how we can be in front against three of the best teams in this division, Workington (28-20), Newcastle (22-6) and Hunslet (28-18), each in the later stages, and lose all three.

“Against Workington and Hunslet we went 12-0 down in no time but later held leads of eight and ten points respectively before failing to see those games out.

“We need to get to the bottom of why this is happening. We need to sort it out with possibly tough decisions and make sure it doesn’t happen again

“Once is bad enough; twice shocking; third totally unacceptable.

“There’s a lot of things right about our performances, given that they enabled us to be winning all three matches against some of the stronger teams in this division with ten minutes left.

“At the same time there’s something seriously wrong because we are incapable of seeing a game out.

“It’s extremely hard to accept — and it’s totally unacceptable to me, Peter Carey, Crooky, Adam Neal and the club.

“It’s not hard to see out a game. It’s one of the easiest aspects of rugby to fathom.

“Things need to change massively and I need to make some decisions to change it otherwise other things will have to change.”

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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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