Hunslet away on Friday night

Date published: Monday, September 8, 2014
OLDHAM prepare for Friday night’s play-off clash at Hunslet Hawks (8pm kick off) buoyed by their achievement in going unbeaten at Whitebank all season.

Their 68-24 demolition job on Gloucester All Golds brought down the curtain on a 2014 Whitebank campaign that yielded one draw and nine wins.
The last time an Oldham team achieved anything similar was six years ago when they finished third in National League 2 behind Gateshead Thunder and Barrow.
That season, 2008, they won 17 of 22 league games, winning all their home matches and losing at Keighley, Gateshead, Barrow, York and Doncaster.
Their first home defeat of the year was against Doncaster in the play-offs, after which they beat Rochdale in the final eliminator before losing 18-10 against Doncaster in the final.
“One of our targets this year was to remain unbeaten at Whitebank and it is very satisfying to have done it,” said coach Scott Naylor.
“It shows how strong this division is when we can boast a record like that, yet we still finish third behind York and Hunslet.
“I know everything hasn’t gone as planned so far this year, but we’ve still everything to play for and I reckon any side that can survive a full season without being beaten on home soil has a lot going for it.
“And what a wonderful season for the fans who only watch us at Whitebank — they’ve never seen us beaten all year.”
Roughyeds travel to Hunslet on Friday in the qualifying play-off because the Hawks South Leeds Stadium is unavailable on Saturday and Sunday.
The winners will go to York the following weekend and the losers will be at home to the winners of next weekend’s Gateshead v Hemel clash. The losers in that game will be eliminated.
Next weekend’s games: Hunslet v Oldham, Friday, 8pm; Gateshead v Hemel, details to be announced.
How the play-offs are structured:
Week 1 (ending September 14), qualifying play-off (QPO), 2 v 3; elimination play-off (EPO), 4 v 5.
Week 2 (ending September 21),  qualifying semi-final (QSF), 1 v winners of QPO; Minor semi-final (MISF), loser of QPO v winner of EPO.
Week 3 (ending September 28): Major semi-final (MASF), loser of QSF v winner of MISF.
Week 4 (Sunday, October 5 at Headingley): Grand final, winner of QSF v winner of MASF.