Roughyeds Friday Cup Day

Date published: Friday, April 27, 2012

TAKE a bow Oldham RL fans!

“They are giving us fantastic support,” said club chairman Chris Hamilton ahead of tonight’s big cup-tie at St Helens.

Fans taking up the offer of of free transport will fill five coaches.

Hundreds more will travel independently.

And Roughyeds will have major representation in the sold-out corporate suites at Langtree Park, having sold nearly 100 hospitality tickets at £25 a time.

“The fans have done us proud,” said the Oldham boss. “They have embraced the idea of watching us in action against one of the best teams in the world.

“The you can’t beat times like this. Everything is so positive.

“The players face a massive task but they are really looking forward to it.

“They will be going up against a team full of international stars, many of whom are their heroes, but they are determined to put up a good show.

Tickets remain on sale at the club’s office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton until 3pm, but the tie is not all ticket and fans can pay at the turnstiles, 8 pm kick off.

If the wind and rain persist both teams will use the high kick to test out rival fullbacks Miles Greenwood and the renowned Paul Wellens.

One man taking a particular interest in how this will work out will be a former star of both clubs, Tommy Martyn.

The mercurial Martyn, a fans’ favourite at Watersheddings, was a prolific goalkicker for Oldham between 1989 and 1992 before transferring to Saints where he went on to score nearly 500 points in 145 Super League games.

Now long retired, and in charge of all the bars at Langtree Park, Martyn is still called upon to coach the Saints’ younger players in the art of putting boot to rugby ball.

“The pitch here is massive,” he said. “I’ve never played on one as huge as this and for anybody kicking the ball its dimensions take a lot of getting used to.

“The wind can be tricky, too”.

Jamie Dallimore will be Oldham’s main man in the kicking department, assisted by Danny Whitmore.

Coach Tony Benson has named a 19-man squad, but he won’t show his hand any further until he is required to post an official team sheet outside the dressing room door one hour before kick off.

Roughyeds’ under-18s (extended scholarship) were beaten 28-6 at York last night in a match played in torrential rain from start to finish. Hooker Liam Sargeant scored Oldham;s try, converted by Craig Lawton.