A ‘bizarre’ situation – Chairman

Date published: Thursday, August 29, 2013
OLDHAM hope to get RFL approval to follow up Saturday’s friendly against a Leigh side at Whitebank (3pm) with a second practice match on the following weekend.
That would keep them active on the two weekends prior to their anticipated entry into the Championship One play-offs on Sunday, September 15 at Whitebank.
Saturday’s game is all pay (£6 adults, £3 concessions) and is not covered by season tickets.
Club chairman Chris Hamilton, meanwhile, has spoken of the ‘bizarre’ situation into which the club was plunged after its final league game at Rochdale on August 15.
Two weeks on Roughyeds still don’t know for sure whether they will win promotion as champions or be forced to push for it via the play-offs.
All will be revealed on Sunday when North Wales Crusaders are expected to do enough against South Wales Scorpions to leapfrog Oldham into top place and take the title.
Roughyeds will then have to wait two more weeks before their first play-off game, making it a month in total from the end of their league campaign.
Said Chris: “In 16 seasons I can’t ever recall a situation like this. We keep on hoping Crusaders will slip up, while having to make plans on the assumption that they won’t because of the time scales that are involved. It’s bizarre.”
Instead of a normal training session tonight, coach Scott Naylor will take his squad to Salford’s training ground for a private practice game against a young City Reds squad.
Naylor described the run-out as “70 per cent real thing —- not full contact, but enough to serve a very useful purpose.”