Roughyeds latest

Date published: Tuesday, March 10, 2015
CHRIS Hamilton, the Oldham RL chairman, is looking to his team to blow the bugle and rally support in the build-up to the start of the new League One season at Easter.

Only 547 fans IN TOTAL watched Roughyeds win two cup-ties at Whitebank, both against the RFL’s latest expansionist club, Coventry Bears.
Both were split-gate, all-pay games (season tickets not applicable) in poor weather conditions against opponents from outside the sport’s heartlands.
There were 291 paying customers to watch Scott Naylor’s men win 42-6 in the first round of the new iPro Sport League One Cup and, seven days later, 256 at Whitebank to witness a 46-6 victory in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Derby rivals Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions suffered similarly
on the first of those days, Hornets pulling in only 260 when beating South Wales at Spotland, while Swinton had 349 against Hemel Stags at Sedgeley Park.
Discount Barrow v Keighley (922) and the all-amateur Oulton v Normanton tie (attendance not given) and the average across the other 10 Challenge Cup ties last Sunday was 314.
Said Hamilton: “For the second Sunday in a row the weather wasn’t brilliant and it probably didn’t help because we were playing the same team we had beaten 42-6 the week before.
“Unless we are drawn at home in the next round of the Challenge Cup, our next game at Whitebank will be our first home league game on Sunday, April 12, also against Coventry.
“We can’t make people come. And there is no easy answer.
“But we have to keep going and the hope is that crowds will increase as we get further into the season, especially if the team continues to play well.
“We’ve played some great rugby in our two cup-ties, scoring 16 tries, some of them beauties, and in each of the ties conceding only one try.
“There was always a chance of complacency in the second game, but that wasn’t the case and we dominated throughout.
“We’ve got to be happy at scoring 42 and 46 in conditions that didn’t suit our style of play, but we’re also mindful that this Sunday’s game at Barrow will be a completely different type of challenge.
“We’ve also to play them home and away in League One, so it will be a pointer to that as well.
“Like the other four sides that have come down from the Championship, they will fancy their chances of promotion, as will we, York and Newcastle. That’s eight teams at least who will realistically be chasing two promotion spots from a division of 14 clubs.
“It’s going to be tough, but we want a competition in which we need to be on our game every single week.”
The draw for round four of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will be made at 6.45pm today
from the Provident Stadium, Bradford.