Derby victory on the agenda for Oldham’s Roden

Date published: Saturday, September 10, 2011

Oldham’s Neil Roden says nothing less than victory over local rivals Rochdale Hornets in the first Elimination Play-off in this season’s Co-operative Championship 1 competition will be acceptable when the sides clash at Spotland Stadium tomorrow, Sunday September 11 (3.00pm).

Oldham have enjoyed a stranglehold over their neighbours in recent years and were comprehensive winners in both league meeting between the clubs this season and Roden is confident that run can continue.

“It’s obviously good to be involved in the latter stages of the season,” said Roden. “Every team wants to finish as high as they can and while we’ve made it through to the final for each of the last few seasons, this year we just wanted to finish in a play-off spot.

“We had quite a few changes to our squad in the off-season and we didn’t get off to a great start, but we’ve been in good form over the last 10 weeks and I’m confident we can continue that this weekend.”

Oldham have been the perennial bridesmaids in recent seasons, having made it to the Championship 1 play-off final four years in a row only to fall at the final hurdle, but Roden says the achievements of the past aren’t praying on the players’ minds.

“We just need to focus on the next game and not worry about the achievements of the past few years,” he said. “The players all need to relax and look forward to the game.

“We’ve done the hard work in training over the year and now we’re focusing on making sure we do all the small things correctly and that’ll stand us in good stead.


“It’s a local derby and those are the games that every player wants to win. You can never predict what is going to happen in games like these, but if we play to the best of our ability then I’m confident we can make it to the next stage and hopefully make it back to the final again.”

Tickets for the Co-operative Championship 1 Elimination Play-off game between Rochdale Hornets and Oldham at Spotlands Stadium on Sunday September 11 (3.00pm) are priced from £12 adult, £8 concession and £5 junior and can be purchased on the gate.

The Co-operative Championships Kids Go Free offer returns for this year’s Grand Finals Day (Sunday October 2) meaning that for the first time at a Rugby League Final, children have free admission when accompanied by a paying adult.


The East Stand of The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, has been dedicated solely to families, so to take advantage of this offer select an East Stand ticket by calling the RFL Ticket office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting and book your free child ticket under Kids Go Free.


Adult tickets for the Co-operative Championships Grand Finals day at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Sunday October 2 cost from £14 and can be purchased by calling the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 or by visiting