Barrow Raiders game update

Date published: Wednesday, March 28, 2012

OLDHAM RL, early leaders of Championship One, are hoping for their best Whitebank crowd in 18 months for the visit of Barrow Raiders on Sunday (3pm).

“The buzz around the club and the feedback we are getting from the public lead us to believe our fans are up for this one,” said chairman Chris Hamilton.

This year’s average would have to double to match the Whitebank record of 1,275 for a play-off tie against York City Knights at the end of the 2010 season.

Roughyeds are hopeful of four figures, though, for a first v second battle which will most likely leave only one club in a ten-team division with a 100 per cent record after three games.

“I find that absolutely amazing,” added Hamilton. “It certainly speaks volumes for how competitive the division is going to be as every club scraps to finish in the top four promotion places.”

Barrow took hundreds of fans to Wrexham on their last away day when they scraped home 26-24 against North Wales Crusaders, watched by a crowd of 1,503.

They claim to have the best away support in the division and expect to bring a large following to Whitebank on their first ever visit to the ground.

Their last two home games, against Doncaster in the league and French club Lezignan in the Challenge Cup, were each watched by more than 1,300 with little or no away support.

Roughyeds also believe their own support will be swollen as the direct result of the large amount of community work the club is now undertaking.

Action for Children, for instance, will have a group of 120 children, parents, carers and staff at the game.

To add extra spice, the teams will go head to head again at the same ground in a fortnight in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup.

The Junction public house at the bottom of Ripponden Road will provide free transport to Whitebank and back, but seats must be booked in advance on 0161 633 2759.