One last big push to glory

Roughyeds a win away from the Cham­pi­onship

Oldham Advertiser - - SPORT - RUGBY LEAGUE

OLD­HAM Rugby League Club have one game to go this sea­son – and it’s a big one, with pro­mo­tion to the Cham­pi­onship at stake.

Roughyeds qual­i­fied for next month’s play-off fi­nal at Head­in­g­ley with a 31-12 win at York at the week­end.

They’ll take on ei­ther York or Hun­slet in Leeds in their sec­ond straight play-off fi­nal, and their sixth in eight years.

Roughyeds have beaten both prospec­tive op­po­nents re­cently, and will have two weeks to pre­pare for the fi­nal while York and Hun­slet knock each other about this Sun­day.

It’s the ideal op­por­tu­nity for Old­ham to win a place in the re-struc­tured sec­ond tier, and a chance to put play-off dis­ap­point­ments be­hind them.

They’ve suf­fered at the hands of Feather­stone, Don­caster, Keigh­ley, York and Rochdale in re­cent years but there’s op­ti­mism at White­bank that this could be the year.

Club chair­man Chris Hamil­ton said: “Whether

We are hop­ing this will fi­nally be our year

we play York or Hun­slet at Head­in­g­ley we have noth­ing to fear as long as we play like we have done in the last two games.

“Play­ers and coaches will be work­ing hard in the next two weeks to get ready for Oc­to­ber 5, and I hope we take as many fans as pos­si­ble to Head­in­g­ley with us.

“We are hop­ing this will fi­nally be our year.”

Coach Scott Nay­lor was full of praise for his play­ers after the semi­fi­nal suc­cess, but warned against any com­pla­cency.

“We haven’t pro­duced many 80-minute per­for­mances this year, but this was the most com­plete, all-round team ef­fort in my two years at the club,” he said after the win over York.

“A few things went our way and some­times we had the bounce of the ball. But you earn things like that; they don’t come on a sil­ver spoon.

“I’m proud of the boys for many things, but none more so than for the way in which they have risen to the chal­lenge of play-off rugby.

“In that re­gard, the ex­pe­ri­ence they gained last year has so far been in­valu­able.

“We haven’t won a thing yet – and we’ve got to re­mem­ber that – but we can start to think about the fi­nal. So far, so good.”

Sean Hans­ford

●● One more win for Roughyeds – will see Scott Nay­lor’s side com­pete in the Cham­pi­onship next sea­son

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