York next as play-off fever spreads

Date published: Monday, September 15, 2014
PLAY-OFF fever is spreading among Oldham RL fans after the Roughyeds’ exciting 25-24 win at Hunslet in round one.
Next up is another thriller in waiting at York on Sunday (3pm) when club officials expect Roughyeds to enjoy their biggest away support since last year’s final.
“Play-off rugby is in the club’s DNA,” said chairman Chris Hamilton. “It brings out the best in us, on and off the field. 
“The club becomes alive with excitement and eager anticipation. That was again borne out at Hunslet, as anyone who was there will testify.”
Fans left their seats in the stand and were waiting on the running track to back-slap the players as they walked off the pitch victorious.
At the same venue in the league they were beaten 38-12.
Since 2007, Oldham have been in more play-off battles than any other Championship One club, having reached five finals in seven years.
Added Hamilton: “More than anybody, we know the utter dejection of defeat in the final, but that only serves to make us more determined to get there and win it.
“As Scott (head coach Naylor) has already made clear publicly, he and the players targeted promotion at the start of the year and the win at Hunslet showed they mean business.
“It took a massive effort to win there. As much as anything it was a triumph for character and resilience.
“I was proud to be associated with the club and delighted for all concerned, not least the fans, many of whom have supported us all season and all around the country.
“We’ve got the best away support in the division.
“They had a great night at Hunslet and we know they’ll be turning out in numbers at York, who’ve been the best team all season.
“It will be tough, but Scott and his squad are eagerly looking forward to it and they’ll be going with a lot of self-belief.
“The players know that with the staff we have in place behind the scenes no stone will be left unturned in their preparation.”
Winners of York v Oldham (first v third) will go straight into the final at Headingley on October 5 and the losers will have another game at home against the winners of Hunslet v Gateshead.
Gateshead qualified for the last four by beating Hemel Stags 15-14 thanks to Matty Beharrell’s golden point drop goal four minutes into extra time.
Usual admission prices will apply at York; £15 adults, £12 concessions, £6 under-16s.