Roughyeds kick off in South Wales

Date published: Monday, December 2, 2013

OLDHAM RL Club will begin their quest for the 2014 Kingstone Press Championship One title with a trip to South Wales Scorpions on Sunday, March 2.

The Northern Rail Cup will not be contested next season, but there will be an extended league programme in which each of the nine Championship One clubs will play 20 games — four more than last time.

A home-and-away format will provide 16 games, the four extra games for each club having been picked at random based on how teams finished in 2013.

Roughyeds, who finished second last season, will play additional games against fifth-placed Hemel Stags and bottom club Gloucestershire All Golds at Whitebank and against fourth-placed London Skolars and seventh-placed Gateshead Thunder away from home.

Hemel will provide the opposition for Scott Naylor’s men in their first home game on Sunday, March 9.

Oldham’s Good Friday game will be away at Hunslet Hawks

(2pm kick off) against a side relegated from the Championship and one which will fancy their chances of making an immediate impact at this level.

York City Knights, who came down with Hunslet, start life in the third tier with Gloucester at home, while the Hawks kick off at Hemel.

York’s ‘extra’ games are against Gateshead and London at home and Gloucester and Hunslet away, while Hunslet go head to head with York and Oxford at home and Hemel and South Wales away.

Championship One clubs will enter the Tetley’s Challenge Cup on the weekend of March 15/16.

Details of games to be televised will be confirmed before the start of the season.

Oldham season tickets, pegged at last season’s prices, can be purchased by post (cheque only) to Oldham RLFC, c/o Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road, Oldham OL8 4JZ or by cheque or cash at Whitebank Stadium between 11.30am and 1pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday up to December 20.