IT still isn’t too late to buy an Oldham RLFC season ticket for the forthcoming 2019 season.
The deadline has been put back to midnight on Monday, January 21 for online purchases (debit or credit card) because there was a technical problem with the online payment system on Friday night which may have prevented some fans from doing their transaction.
Supporters who prefer to pay over the counter in person at the Roughyeds office inside the Vestacare Stadium (cash or cheque) can now do so on Wednesday and Friday this week (10am to 3pm) and on Monday next week, January 21 between the same hours.
Club officials hope fans who might have been considering the purchase of a season ticket this year, in order to help the club as well as themselves, will do so in the next few days as we look forward to a new season in which we will hopefully be pushing for promotion back to the Championship.
Fans who travelled to Barrow were delighted by our new-look squad’s 24-10 win against a 2019 Championship side and the positivity surrounding such an encouraging performance will hopefully impact on the interest generated by this Sunday’s Law Cup clash with derby rivals Rochdale Hornets at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick off).
We hold the Law Cup after our 28-24 win at the Crown Oil Arena this time last year and we will be striving hard to retain it in what will be the first Law Cup clash in the town for the past eight years.
It’s also an opportunity for fans who didn’t go to Barrow to take their first look at our many new signings such as full-back Richie Hawkyard (nephew of former Watersheddings star Colin Hawkyard), who had an absolute blinder on debut at Craven Park.
Other new boys who gave exceedingly creditable debut displays were prop Scott Law, young hooker Jamie Greenwood, half-back Anthony Bowman, winger Aaron Jones-Bishop, whose brother stars for Wakefield Trinity and second-rower Ben Calland, who had the privilege of scoring our first try of the season.
Trialist Harry Maders, whose family is steeped in Oldham Rugby tradition, did well on the wing.
We can also look forward to the first appearance of another new boy, Emerson Whittel, who didn’t play at Barrow, plus the return to the Vestacare for another campaign of established favourites like Jack Holmes, Zack McComb, who hit the headlines with two tries at Barrow, Dave Hewitt, Phil Joy, club captain Gareth Owen, Jack Spencer, Liam Bent, Matty Wilkinson, Luke Nelmes and Kyran Johnson.
Picking out two-try McComb as the game-star, Peter Wilson introduced his League Express match report like this:
“Scott Naylor’s Oldham showd just why they are fancied to be among the front-runners in the League 1 promotion race.
“It took them some time to settle, but once they did they took control.”
Rochdale took a young side to Mayfield the day before Oldham’s trip up the M6 and came away with an 18-12 win to become first winners of the Stephen Gartland Trophy.
Like Oldham. they’ve made a lot of changes since the end of last season, including the appointment of a new player-coach in Carl Forster.
He didn’t play himself at Mayfield, but he’s sure to play against Oldham, either as a starting prop or off the bench, with new club captain Lee Mitchell in the second-row and vice-capdtain Ben Moores at hooker.
Hornets squad numbers (eight new signings in the first 13): 1, Declan Kay, 2 Shaun Ainscough, 3 Seta Tala, 4 Ben Morris, 5 Paddy Flynn, 6 Scott Moore, 7 Dan Abram, 9 Ben Moores, 10 Carl Forster, 11 Lee Mitchell, 12 Elliott Gillam, 13 Stuart Howarth, 14 Elliott Jenkins, 15 Dec Gregory, 16 Mike Welham, 17 Liam Carberry, 18 Ryan Millington, 20 Joe Ryan, 21 Jack Cottington, 22 Callum Wood, 27 Nathan Reidy.
Usual league prices apply: standing, £14 adults, £12 concessions, £2 under-16s; seats, £16, £14, £5.