GARRY Schofield, who tipped us to be relegated in a piece in League Express a few weeks ago, has forecast that we will start the 2017 season with a win against Sheffield Eagles at Bower Fold today (3pm kick-off).
This is how the former Great Britain star, now a pundit, has previewed our first league game of the season. Writing in the Championship section of news on the totalrl.com website, he said:
“After all of Sheffield’s troubles last season,when they stupidly went full time, it’s just great that they’re still here. They’ve paid the penalty for their mistakes last season and hopefully they can rediscover their old form quickly enough because it was a joy to watch at times.
“Oldham did well last season to stay up, but teams often find year two even harder, so I’m not too convinced about their long-term prospects. But I like Scott Naylor as a coach and the Roughyeds will be pleased they have Sheffield up first because they may be undercooked and they could lack a bit of cohesion.
“Losing to Doncaster last weekend suggests Eagles can’t be where they need to be just yet. I fancy the home side to make a bit of a statement.”
PREDICTION: Oldham by 14.
++IN yesterday’s Championship game, in France, newly-promoted Toulouse Olympique hammered Batley Bulldogs 44-6, cheered on by a crowd of more than 3,600.
It’s going to be tough all right in this division . . . that’s why we need as many fans as possible to turn up at Bower Fold today (3pm kick off) for the Sheffield game.