Hamilton back Benson to get promotion

Date published: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OLDHAM RL chairman Chris Hamilton has assured fans the club is totally committed to getting out of Championship One.

On the back of coach Tony Benson’s plea to supporters to ‘keep the faith’, the chairman has said the club will do all in its power to move up in the world.

“We are still looking for new players,” he said, “and we have leads which will be followed up in the next few days.”

Roughyeds made a great start to the league campaign, winning each of their opening three games, including victories against two of the most fancied teams to go up, Workington and Barrow.

Since then, however, they have been crippled by a huge injury list and have drawn one and lost five to arrive at the half-way stage just outside the promotion-qualifying top four.

The chairman said: “Injuries haven’t helped, but if we start to feel sorry for ourselves we have no chance.

“The club has had more than its fair share of problems over the years and has always come out the other side.

“We’ve got to roll up our sleeves and show a collective determination to work through whatever is thrown at us.

“If there is anybody at Roughyeds who doesn’t have the same motivation and determination they are at the wrong club.

“There are reasons for where we are and we have to take it on the chin.

“With a blank weekend everyone will have a chance to recharge batteries and then come back fresh and invigorated for the battles that lie ahead in the second half of the league programme.

“The break has come at a good time for us and by the time we go to North Wales Crusaders on June 10 we expect more of our injured to be back and that will make a massive difference.”

He thanked fans for their “terrific” support and understanding during the disappointments of the past few weeks and added: “We are all grateful for the show of loyalty that has been demonstrated on several occasions, not least when Tony (coach Benson) went on stage after the South Wales game to talk to supporters face to face.

“I am determined, and so are the coaches, players and staff, to repay that loyalty by doing all we can to make the second half of the season a much more successful one.

“Other teams are going to run into injury problems and go through sticky patches because that’s the nature of sport.

“It’s all about ups and downs, and while some will say we have had more than our share of the downs, the fact remains that we have plenty to be proud of.

“Last weekend, for instance, we fielded three teams — first team, reserves and under-18s — and we are the only Championship One outfit, and one of the few Championship clubs, to be building from the bottom like that.

“We are trying to strike a balance between building for the future and getting things right on the pitch now .

“We are working hard on three levels and that’s not only a source of great pride within the club, but something supporters can be proud of as well.”