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Date published: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

by Roger Halstead

Oldham Rugby League Club were involved in more ground talks over the weekend and yesterday — and even more meetings and discussions were due to take place today.

Roughyeds are scheduled to play derby rivals Rochdale RL in a home Northern Rail Cup group game on Sunday but the club is still unable to reveal where it hopes to be playing home games in this and future seasons.

“Matters have continued to move on positively over the last two or three days,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton, “and on Wednesday we will be making an announcement about Sunday’s game.”

The club set out last Sunday on what promises to be an an exciting and eventful 2010 campaign with a creditable 24-12 Northern Rail Cup defeat at Leigh Centurions which earned them a bonus point in the jostle to qualify for the knock-out stages.

As well as Hornets RL, Roughyeds must also play Hunslet Hawks away (February 14) and Sheffield Eagles at home (February 21) in their quest to make the last eight.

In contrast to injury setbacks in each of their three pre-season warm-up games, Tony Benson’s men emerged relatively unscathed from Sunday’s physically demanding game at Leigh.

Players reported the usual bumps and bruises but nothing more serious than that, leaving Benson and his backroom staff with an injury list comprising of players who were not involved at Leigh such as Paul Reilly, Marcus St Hilaire, Craig Robinson, Kashley Watkins and Saqib Murtza.