Skipper ready for play-off push

Date published: Thursday, September 12, 2013

ROUGHYEDS captain Lewis Palfrey is hoping he can help his side book their place in the Kingstone Press Championship One Play-off final by beating local rivals Rochdale Hornets in their opening play-off game at the Whitebank Stadium on Sunday (3.00pm).

Victory for either side would see them progress to the final at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday September 29, where a place in next season’s Championship is at stake, and the half-back believes an appearance in the final would be a huge boost for the players and the club.

“We’re feeling pretty confident at the moment,” said Palfrey. “Preparations have been good and we’re all looking forward to the game.

“Obviously everyone’s up for the game with it being in the play-offs and it being a derby, but we can’t get bogged down in that thinking as we have a great opportunity to book a place in the final.

“I’ve never been to a final so it’d be a fantastic achievement for me personally, but it would be an even bigger achievement for the club.

“I think our average age is about 21, so it’s like we’re an Academy squad. I don’t think anyone really gave us a chance at the start of the season so it’d be fantastic to get there.”

Oldham will be granted the chance of a reprieve in the play-offs should they lose out to Rochdale on Sunday but having already beaten the Hornets twice in 2013, Palfrey says the squad haven’t considered losing as a possibility and are approaching the game as a must-win.

“I’ve not even thought about losing to be honest,” he said. “All our thoughts are on this game and performing as well as we can to book our spot in that final so there’s still pressure.

“We beat them twice this season and obviously it gives us confidence, but at the same time it means that they’ll be wanting to set the record straight, so it works both ways.

“We know that we’ve got to be ready for a battle and to put in a big performance, but our preparations will be the same for this game as any other.

“We’ve had a good run of results recently and it’s good that we can go into the game with a bit of momentum behind us so we just need to keep that momentum going now.”

Tickets for the Kingstone Press Championship One play-off game, Oldham v Rochdale Hornets, on Sunday September 15 (3.00pm) at Whitebank Stadium cost £11 for adults, £9 for concessions and £3 for under-16s and can be purchased on the gate. There is a £2 transfer into seats.

It’s all-pay —- season tickets do NOT apply — but Oldham season-ticket holders who wish to occupy their normal seats can do so if they occupy them by 2.30pm and have with them the season-ticket book that relates to their particular seat.

Any unoccupied seats come 2.30pm will go on general sale.