Roughyeds report

OLDHAM RL coach Scott Naylor, shown red and sent from the touchline for questioning a referee’s decision in a Betfred League 1 game against North Wales Crusaders, faces a grade B charge, which carries a recommended sanction of one to two matches.

The citing on the RFL website confirms the Roughyeds boss is charged with “disputing a decision of referee or touch-judges”.

Roughyeds head coach, Scott Naylor

It comes hot on the heels of Roughyeds’ forward Danny Bridge being banned for nine months by an independent operational rules tribunal and fined £75.

He pleaded guilty to a grade F charge of assault on the match official in the Betfred League 1 game against Keighley Cougars on Friday, July 13.

A statement from Oldham RL read: “The club wishes to apologise publicly to referee Cameron Worsley for the incident in the recent match at Keighley which has resulted in the significant nine-month ban for Danny Bridge.

“We never have, or would, condone physical contact with a match official and we fully appreciate the vitally important role that match officials play in our game.

“As a club we accept the disciplinary process that has taken place and we will deal with the punishment accordingly.

“Fortunately Mr Worsley did not sustain serious injury and both club chairman Christopher Hamilton and Danny Bridge have apologised to him. Coach Scott Naylor also tenders his apologies.

“As we approach the business end of the season we will focus all our efforts on the remaining matches and we again apologise to all concerned.”

Danny Bridge

Oldham will be looking to end their away-day blues at lowly Hemel Stags on Sunday, August 5.

Roughyeds have lost their last three games on the road, results that have threatened to derail their push for promotion from Betfred League 1.

They went down at Hunslet, Keighley Cougars and Doncaster by margins of four, seven and four points.

The latest setback saw Roughyeds slip from third to fifth position as they battle to hold on to a play-off spot.

Bradford Bulls and York City Knights are the runaway leaders vying for the one automatic spot.

But there will be a might scrap for the play-off spots, with Roughyeds occupying the last one.

They are one of three clubs on 24 points, but have a superior points difference to Doncaster and Hunslet.

Having scored four tries in the 50-6 demolition of North Wales Crusaders and another against Doncaster to take his total for the season to 15, Danny Langtree needs only one more to smash Tommy Goulden’s 15, the best for a specialist second-row forward since the birth of the new Oldham RL club in 1997.

Goulden’s best was set in 2008. Langtree came within one try of matching it in 2014 and now he is again on the verge of becoming the current club’s most prolific scoring second-rower in any given season.

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