Leigh away in pre-season game

Date published: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
OLDHAM RL Club have confirmed a pre-season warm-up game with Leigh Centurions at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday, February 8 (kick-off 3pm).
It will be the second of three friendlies for Scott Naylor’s men as they prepare for their eagerly-awaited League One Cup opener against new boys Coventry Bears at Whitebank on the weekend of February 28/March 1.
The pre-season programme starts with a game against Swinton Lions at Sedgley Park on Sunday, February 1; continues with the Leigh game seven days later; and concludes with a trip to Barrow Raiders on Sunday, February 15.
Sunday, February 22 will be left blank before the season proper starts with the new cup competition on the following weekend.
Commenting on the fixture against the powerful Centurions, who won 31 of their 33 games in all competitions last season, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton said: “We are really looking forward to the challenge provided by the all-conquering Centurions.
“They had a fantastic 2014 season and as they have now gone full-time they can be expected to be even better and stronger.
“From our perspective the game at LSV will provide our players and coaches with a real challenge and one we will strive to meet in true Oldham fashion.”
Outside of Super League, Leigh were the most talked-about team in rugby league last season. They topped the Championship with 15 points to spare over second-placed Featherstone; they beat Featherstone 36-12 in the Grand Final; and they gave Leeds Rhinos a serious fright in the quarter-final of the Challenge Cup at Headingley.
Centurions’ head of rugby Derek Beaumont said: “Oldham are a great club steeped in history and they have maintained a strong and vociferous following, which is testament to the loyalty of their fans.
“Chris Hamilton is a personal friend from the last time I was involved in rugby league and I know he still has the motivation and the aspiration to get Oldham back where they belong.
“They always give Leigh a stern test and it will be good to lock horns with them again, given that they play with passion and determination.
“We will get a lot out of that, particularly in terms of giving a rigorous test to any of our lads who will be returning from injury.
“There will be a good atmosphere among fans, who will be swopping banter in typical Lancashire fashion.”
Ticket prices: adults £10, concessions £8, under-16s £5, under-12s free (if accompanied by an adult).
* To buy Oldham season tickets, covering 11 games at Whitebank in the new Kingstone Press League One, ring the club on (0161) 624 9630 ext 70552 before December 23. Savings range from £15 to £29 across the season when compared to match-day prices.