Derby-day start to new league campaign

Date published: Monday, October 20, 2014
WE kick off the new Kingstone Press League One campaign in 2015 with a derby clash against Rochdale Hornets at Spotland on Good Friday, April 3 (3pm kick off).
Most of March has been set aside for the new League One Cup and the Challenge Cup, but once the league programme starts in April there is a game — 22 in total — on practically every weekend until the middle of September.
We will have derby games at Whitebank against Rochdale and Swinton Lions as well as more attractive home fixtures against teams who were in the Championship last season, such as North Wales Crusaders, who are well known for their good away following, Keighley Cougars and Barrow Raiders.
There are 14 teams in the competition, including newcomers Coventry Bears, but teams play four of their opponents only once.
The four teams Oldham play only once are Coventry Bears, who provide us with our first home league game of the season on Sunday, April 12; South Wales Scorpions, away; York City Knights, at home; and Hemel Stags, away.
Each of our 11 league games at Whitebank are on Sundays with 3pm kick-offs, but the away games at North Wales Crusaders on Sunday, July 26 and Hemel Stags on Sunday, August 9 start at 2.30pm.
Barrow Raiders are playing most of their home games on Saturday evenings and we go to Craven Park on Saturday, May 9, kick off 6.30pm.
                                                                               MARCH
                                                      (3pm kick off unless stated otherwise)
Sunday, 1st                             League One Cup (first round)
Sunday, 8th                             Challenge Cup (third round)
Sunday, 22nd                          Challenge Cup (fourth round)
                                                                                    APRIL
Friday, 3rd                              Rochdale Hornets                      A
Sunday, 12th                         Coventry Bears                           H
Sunday, 19th                         South Wales Scorpions              A
Sunday, 26th                         London Skolars                            H
                                                                             MAY
Sunday, 3rd                           Univ of Gloucester All Golds      H
Saturday, 9th                        Barrow Raiders  (6.30pm)          A
Sunday, 17th                         Gateshead Thunder                     H
Sunday, 31st                          Keighley Cougars                          A
                                                                    JUNE
Sunday, 7th                            North Wales Crusaders              H
Sunday, 14th                          Oxford                                           H
Sunday, 21st                           Swinton Lions                              A
Sunday, 28th                          Univ of Gloucester All Golds     A
                                                                    JULY
Sunday, 5th                            York City Knights                           H
Sunday, 12th                          Rochdale Hornets                        H
Sunday, 19th                         London Skolars                              A
Sunday, 26th                         N.Wales Crusaders (2.30pm)      A
                                                               AUGUST
Sunday, 2nd                           Keighley Cougars                            H
Sunday, 9th                            Hemel Stags     (2.30pm)               A
Sunday, 16th                         Gateshead Thunder                        A
Sunday, 23rd                         Barrow Raiders                                H
                                                             SEPTEMBER
Sunday, 6th                            Swinton Lions                                  H
Sunday, 13th                          Oxford                                               A