DESPITE that 82-0 hammering at Bradford, winger Jamel Chisholm is confident that Oldham RL Club will do enough over the remaining four games of the season to stay clear of the Championship Shield’s bottom two.
“I know that mathematically we can still be caught, but for me the win at Swinton Lions cliched our survival,” said the 23-year-old former Leeds Rhinos junior, latest of Scott Naylor’s men to sign a new one-year contract to cover 2017.
With two to go down, Cumbrian neighbours Workington and Whitehaven are staring relegation in the face, each on 13 points below Swinton (17) and Oldham (18).
Roughyeds can virtually clinch a second season at this level if they beat Sheffield Eagles for the third time this season at Bower Fold on Monday (Bank Holiday), kick-off 3pm.
In the regular season, Roughyeds won 21-20 in a Bower Fold thriller in April and then triumphed 24-16 at Sheffield on a Friday night in early July.
Added Chisholm: “The Championship is a lot harder and more competitive than League One, but players want to be playing at the highest level they can achieve.
“I’m 100 per cent sure we’ll stay up and I would hope that next year we can be pushing up into the top half of the table.
“I’ve really enjoyed my first season at Oldham. I know Mo Agoro (ex-Oldham winger) from our days together at Leeds and he told me before I signed that Oldham was a good club and I would never regret putting pen to paper. He was right.
“I had a few injuries when I left Leeds, and it’s great to be playing regularly again and scoring a few tries.”
Chisholm heads the club’s try list with ten — two more than fellow winger Adam Clay and forwards Danny Langtree and Michael Ward.
Coach Scott Naylor is happy with the improvements Chisholm has made to his game in his first season here.
Added the Oldham boss: “Jamel has lots of improvement in him yet. We’ve still to see the best of him. He’s a lot more to give.”
This is who the relegation rivals have still to play:
OLDHAM (18 pts): Sheffield Eagles (h), Halifax (a), Whitehaven (h), Dewsbury Rams (a).
SWINTON (17): Workington (h), Bradford (a), Halifax (h), Whitehaven (a).
WORKINGTON (13): Swinton (a), Sheffield (a), Bradford (h), Halifax (a)
WHITEHAVEN (13): Halifax (h), Dewsbury (a), Oldham (a), Swinton (h).