Next up Leigh away

NEXT on the agenda for Oldham RL Club, beaten 22-0 by London Broncos in the first of 30 Championship outings, is a trip to title favourites Leigh Centurions

A first-day upset saw them go down narrowly at Batley Bulldogs and Roughyeds will be aware of a possible backlash at Leigh Sports Village.
“This division is unforgiving,” said coach Scott Naylor, whose squad of part-timers will face full-time professionals for the second game in a row.
Against Broncos at Bower Fold yesterday they trailed 4-0 at half-time, but were taken apart in the second half as tiredness took over and standards dipped.
Added the Oldham coach: “There are lessons we need to learn very quickly because this is the type of game we’ll be playing every Sunday through the season. There’ll be no rest and no respite.
“All games will be very tough, physically and mentally, from first minute to last.
“We looked like a Championship side in the first half of the London game, but we dipped in the second half and that was because Broncos were from a full-time environment. That was the big difference.
“Apart from anything else, they looked calmer and more relaxed in everything they did.
“They don’t come any harder than where we go next — Leigh Sports Village — so we’ve got to work hard to reach the necessary levels and aim to improve week by week.”
  • A BBC camera crew and presenter were at Bower Fold, filming for a feature on North-West clubs outside Super League which will appear on ‘Look North-West’ (6.30pm), spread over tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday. Oldham are expected to appear on two of the three

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