Pete’s Preview: Oldham

Published: 7 September, 2018 - 2:17 pm

By Peter Carbert

Bears, Roughyeds, Watersheddings, Andy Goodway, Paul Deacon…all words, names and players associated with the famous Oldham club.

Currently boasting the 3rd meanest defence in the league (they’ve conceded just 11 more points than York), 3 times Challenge Cup winners Oldham RLFC visit Bootham Crescent on Sunday hoping to remain in the playoff positions, where they currently sit in 5th place.

The Roughyeds were relegated from the Championship in 2017 and have had a steady if at times disappointing season to date. Wins at Workington (32-10) and Halifax in the cup (27-6) countered by below par defeats to Hunslet (16-24) and Workington (14-16), plus surprise defeats at Keighley (8-15) and Newcastle (18-24). An interesting month or so awaits.

Last Meeting:
11th March 2018
Oldham RLFC 22 York City Knights 24
Bower Fold – Attendance 703

York made up for a heartbreaking 2 point defeat to Bradford in the previous round with a similar 2 point win at the compact Bower Fold ground. As we’ve witnessed this season, the club are able to grind out tough wins when needed, and so it proved as It was a real nip and tuck match. James Donaldson, Kieran Moss and the free scoring Joe Batchelor adding to an early try by Matty Marsh. Ultimately it came down to a perfect 4 out of 4 from the boot off Connor Robinson, while one of Oldham’s conversion attempts hit the post. It really was that close.

Ones to Watch:
Take your pick from forward Danny Langtree who has recently hit 20 trys for the season, or hooker/half Gareth Owen who captains the side. Both like to get Oldham on the front foot.

Connor Robinson passed the 500 point mark during the victory at Workington and is now on 507 for the club.

That match also marked James Ford’s 75th win as Knights coach.

Almost 200 trys have been scored by the Knights in all competitions this season (currently 196).