Record Crowd

Date published: Monday, April 2, 2012

A RECORD Whitebank crowd for a league game watched Oldham beat Barrow 32-26 to open up a two-point lead at the top of Championship One.

The attendance of 1,114 was the best since a play-off tie against York City Knights pulled in 1,275 in September, 2010.

That was the ninth game at Whitebank since Roughyeds moved in there and none of the previous eight hit 1,114.

Coming nearest was the first ever Roughyeds game there on May 9, 2010 which fell just four fans short — 1,110.

“It was a great turn-out, a great game, a great win and great weather . . . it doesn’t come much better than that,” said delighted club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Roughyeds doubled their recent average to turn back the clock to 2010.

Added Hamilton: “I would like to thank fans for supporting us in such numbers.

“Hopefully, they will have enjoyed the game and will want to come again for the rematch in the Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round in a fortnight.”

Before then, Roughyeds go to Rochdale on Friday (1pm kick off) for the traditional Easter derby.

No new injuries were reported yesterday, but it is too early yet to know whether Neil Roden will have a chance of returning to action after missing the Barrow game with a back strain.

“I’m hoping to be okay,” he said, “but I’ll have to be assessed nearer the end of the week.

“It’s a problem I get from time to time and when its at its worst its too painful to play.

“With hindsight I might have been better off not playing against Egremont. I wasn’t at my best up there, but I gave it a go.”

Winger Shaun Robinson, who has been out for several weeks with a hip injury, came successfully through Friday night’s reserve team game at Featherstone where Oldham were beaten 40-16.

Valu Bentley (elbow) and Matthew Fogarty (knee) picked up new injuries in that game, but they are not thought to be as serious as first feared.

Both had to retire in the first half, leaving coach Paul Ashton with only two replacements for threequarters of the game.

The reserves play York at Whitebank on Thursday, kick off 8pm.