One last big push to glory
Roughyeds a win away from the Championship
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.”
●● One more win for Roughyeds – will see Scott Naylor’s side compete in the Championship next season