“Egremont tie will be tough”—Naylor

Date published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014
SCOTT Naylor will warn his Oldham outfit to expect a rough ride in their cup clash with crack Cumbrian amateur side Egremont Rangers.
Having lost first time out at Hunslet Hawks last year, the Roughyeds’ boss is eyeing a decent run in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup in his second season at Whitebank.
But as player and coach he’s been in the business long enough to know that his young squad of part-time professionals will have to negotiate a potential minefield when they head up the Cumbrian coast in the middle of next month.
Of the 11 amateur teams through to the third round, Egremont is the only one to face opposition from beneath second-tier Championship level and, as such, will be considered to have the best chance of causing an upset.
Said Naylor: “We’ll have to be on our mettle. Cumbria is never an easy place to go to. They’ll have a good-sized crowd behind them and they’ll see it as their one big chance to take a professional scalp. 
“We’ll be as well prepared as we will for every game, but it won’t be easy.
“Fans can rest assured, however, that we’ll be going up there to win because we want to go as far as we can in this cup competition, particularly after going out so early last year.
“We didn’t get the rub of the green at Hunslet — four tries disallowed — but if we had played them two months later when we were starting to get things right it could have been a different story.”
The Egremont game will be a re-run of the 2012 clash, which Oldham edged 22-14 in a tie played on a Friday night at the Recreation Ground, Whitehaven in front of nearly 500 fans.
Tony Benson’s side, which didn’t get on top until late in the game, included only three players who are still playing at the club — David Cookson, Jason Boults and Danny Whitmore.
Roughyeds had to play on the Friday night because Whitehaven were at home on the Sunday and Wath Brow Hornets were given use of the ground on the Saturday because of the distance South Wales Scorpions had to travel.
“We’re more fortunate this time in that all four west Cumbrian clubs are drawn away,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.
“We assume Egremont will want to play at Whitehaven on the Sunday (March 16), but we need to clarify that with them before we can announce final arrangements.
“Last year we were one of the five Championship One clubs which were put into the amateurs’ side of the draw which meant we were sure to be paired with either a Championship club or another Championship One side.
“This time we avoided that, so it was a better draw for us all round, though it will still be a very tough tie for us.”
Draw in full:
Milford v Barrow; Rochdale Hornets v Gloucester; Keighley v Wath Brow; Dewsbury v West Hull; Sheffield v East Leeds; British Army v Doncaster; Hull Dockers v Halifax; Batley v Kells; South Wales Scorpions v Hemel Stags; Normanton v Workington; York v Whitehaven; Swinton v Gateshead; Egremont v OLDHAM; Hunslet v Oxford; North Wales Crusaders v Pilkington Recs; Wigan St Pat’s v Leigh.
Featherstone and London Skolars drew byes into round four when Super League clubs enter the competition.