Oldham RLFC vs St Helens Carnegie Challenge Cup 5th Round

Date published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

OLDHAM’S plum home tie against St Helens in the fifth round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup may be switched to the Saints’ new stadium at Langtree Park.

Playing the Super League outfit at Whitebank is NOT an option.

Explained Roughyeds’ chief Chris Hamilton: “One of the RFL’s conditions in allowing us to play at Whitebank was that we would have to move any home tie against Super League opposition in the Challenge Cup to another ground.

“That applies until we have improved the facilities.”

The two clubs were meeting today to make all necessary arrangements.

Added Oldham’s chairman: “The possibility of playing at Langtree Park is one of the things we’ll be discussing.

“A tie like this is reward for the superb performance the players put in to beat Barrow Raiders in the last round.

“Saints is one of the clubs we would have chosen.

“While it’s an unenviable task in many ways it’s also a terrific opportunity for our coach and players to pit their wits in a competitive game against a fantastic club like St Helens.

“It’s also something special for our fans.”

Saints brought a team of mixed ability and experience to Whitebank for a pre-season warm-up game in January, and Oldham won.

Said Hamilton, tongue in cheek: “Mike Rush at Saints was on the phone within five minutes of the draw being made. I told him to watch out because we had already beaten them once this year.

“The tie is less than two weeks away, so we hope to have everything in place very quickly.”

From a shared gate, Roughyeds hope to have a lucrative pay day.

Said coach Tony Benson: “It’s a fabulous draw. The players will love taking on some of the sport’s biggest names and our club should get a decent cheque out of it.

“I hope our fans turn up in force because our lads have done superbly well to get this far and they deserve good backing on their big day.

“Before we lost at Rochdale we were the last Championship One club to have a 100 per cent league record and we have followed that up by becoming the only Championship One club in the fifth round of the cup.”

Draw: Warrington v Bradford; Catalan Dragons v Sheffield Eagles; Salford v Leeds; Leigh v Halifax; OLDHAM v St Helens; Featherstone v Wigan; Huddersfield v Swinton; Batley v London Broncos.

Ties are to be played over the weekend of April 27 to 29.

One tie will be shown live on Sky Sports on Friday week, April 27 and another on BBC Sports the next afternoon, Saturday, April 28.

Roughyeds Reserves play Sheffield at Whitebank on Thursday (8pm). The Junction Inn, Ripponden Road, will provide free transport to Whitebank and back, but to book your bus place  ring 633 2759 before 10pm tomorrow.

The Junction hope also to run a bus to Oldham’s game on Sunday at London Skolars, leaving at 9am and costing ¬£23. Ring the same number for further details.