SCOTT Naylor has promised that Oldham will show amateurs Kells every respect in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Roughyeds will be at home to the Cumbrian amateurs on Sunday, March 20 in a tie Naylor has described as ‘a potential banana skin’.
One of five top amateur clubs who rattled League One teams in round three, Kells will be planning to go one better in this round and to claim the scalp of Naylor’s Championship new boys.
“They’ll come to have a real go at us,” said the Roughyeds boss. “The challenge for us is to make sure we have exactly the same mind-set about the game as the one we will have against Bradford Bulls in the Championship this week.
“If we don’t have the right attitude and mental approach there’s a potential for Kells to cause another upset.
“We saw in the last round that the amateur game is doing well. Five of their top clubs, including Kells, now have another opportunity to fly the flag for amateur rugby and it will mean a great deal to them.
“We have to do our homework, show them a lot of respect and make sure we go into the tie fully prepared and switched on.”
Kells coach Peter Smith, who piloted his side to a 12-6 home win against Hemel Stags in round three, is a close friend of Chris Hamilton, Oldham’s chairman. They were texting within minutes of the draw being made.
Said Hamilton: “All you can ask for is a home tie, but we’ve got to be on our guard. After their win in the last round, Kells will come down here thinking they can do a good job.
“For the first time in a long time we are going into the Challenge Cup as a Championship club and we have to make that count.”
Draw: Batley Bulldogs v Whitehaven; Hunslet Hawks v Doncaster; Sheffield Eagles v Swinton Lions; Featherstone Lions v Lock Lane; OLDHAM v Kells; Rochdale v Siddal; Pilkington Recs v Halifax; Dewsbury Rams v Bradford Bulls; Leigh Centurions v Workington Town; York City Knights v Keighley Cougars; London Broncos v Featherstone Roves; Toulouse v Gloucester.
+ The Lord Tom Pendry stand at Bower Fold, Stalybridge — that’s the one on the far side of the ground — will be open on Sunday for the first time in three Oldham visits. It will be allocated to Bradford fans.
Additional turnstiles will be open for Bradford fans, but Oldham fans should continue to use the turnstiles they have used for previous games.