OLDHAM under Scott Naylor return to the scene of their greatest triumph tomorrow (Sunday) when they travel to Hull KR.
At the end of last season Rovers were devastated when they lost to Salford City Reds in the Million Pound Game to a golden-point extra-time drop goal and thus lost their place in Super League.
It was also a poke in the eye earlier in the season when they crashed on home soil to Roughyeds in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.
In one of the cup’s biggest-ever upsets, our lads won 36-22 to throw the then Super League club — beaten Wembley finalists in 2015 — into meltdown.
Will there be a backlash ? It won’t be uppermost in Tim Sheen’s game plan, but players and fans of KR won’t have forgotten and they won’t want to suffer similar humiliation.
Nick Scruton didn’t play on what was described on Humberside as a fateful day, but in the build-up to this latest clash of the two sides he told the Hull Daily Mail that Rovers needed to be on their guard.
He said: “If you don’t turn up in the Championship you get beaten, simple as. There are some good sides in this competition and they all come to get under our skin.
“Oldham will be coming here to do exactly that as KR found out last year. I wouldn’t say we owe them one, but we know we’ll have to be at our best.”
Sheens has made three changes in his 19-man squad, replacing the injured Liam Salter, Danny Addy and George Lawler with David Hodgson, Ben Cockayne and George Milton, who all played in the Reserves’ win on Monday against Hull FC.
Squad: Jordan Abdull, Maurice Blair, Mitch Clark, Chris Clarkson, Ben Cockayne, James Donaldson, Jamie Ellis, James Greenwood, Andrew Heffernan, David Hodgson, Ben Kavanagh, Shaun Lunt, George Milton, Thomas Minns, Kieran Moss, Robbie Mulhern, Adam Quinlan, Nick Scruton, Ryan Shaw.
Oldham travel as outsiders, but Roughyeds will take great heart and self-belief from their first three performances which earned a home win against Sheffield Eagles and two narrow defeats by Featherstone Rovers and London Broncos.
The challenge is to remain consistent and play with the same verve and vigour that came so close to overcoming Featherstone and the Broncos.