Now 2pm kick-off for Swinton gameDate published: Thursday, March 17, 2016
SWINTON Lions have again changed the kick-off time of the Easter Monday clash with Oldham, which will now start at 2pm.
Due to the Lions’ difficulties in finding alternative venues after the breakdown of plans to play at Sedgley Park, the Oldham game at Sale RU Club was only confirmed as a 3pm start on Monday.
It has now been brought forward by an hour because Sale ‘A’ play Northampton ‘A’ on the same ground later in the day.
Said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton: “Swinton have decided a 3pm kick-off would be cutting it fine for the other game, so our match will start at 2pm.
“We apologise to fans for all the confusion, but it’s Swinton’s home game so it’s beyond our control.
“They had confirmed the kick-off time as 3pm, which we then announced, but they’ve since been back on to us to say the game has to start an hour sooner.”
It will be the first of a probable four Championship games — three definitely — between the sides that won promotion from League One last season.
Swinton are the only Championship team without a win, having lost six games in which they have conceded 208 points in total, the worst defensive record in the division.
By comparison, third-from-bottom Oldham have conceded 129 points in five games, fewer than Swinton, Workington and Whitehaven.
Roughyeds play amateurs Kells at Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm) in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and then entertain Halifax at the same venue on Good Friday (3pm) before going head to head with the Lions at Sale on Easter Monday (2pm).