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​AHEAD of the Final Push at the top end of a massively competitive Betfred League 1, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton will be a studio guest of BBC Radio Manchester’s Rugby League Hour, which starts this evening (Thursday) at 6pm.

He is expected to be quizzed about the Roughyeds’ chances of promotion, either by finishing top or winning a five-team play-off.

With five games left, Oldham currently lie third, three points behind leaders Whitehaven and one point behind Newcastle Thunder.

Key to the Roughyeds final position will be two potentially cracking home games against Newcastle on Sunday, August 11 and against Doncaster on Sunday, August 18.

Under the direction of Denis Betts and Simon Finnigan, Newcastle have won their last six games to fly up the table and reach second.

They’ve already described their game at the Vestacare Stadium as their biggest for years (given that they want to pip Whitehaven for top spot and go up automatically).

Roughyeds also need every point they can get to knock ‘Haven off top spot or to finish second and get the best possible advantages in the play-offs.

Potentially, this game has the ingredients to provide Roughyeds with their biggest crowd of the season.

Seven days later Doncaster come to town with the much celebrated Rangi Chase, one of the most exciting attacking players at any level of the sport across the world.

Roughyeds themselves have some big announcements to make about these two games so watch this space.

Other clubs too have equally exciting games coming up over the next few weeks as final places take shape.

To get Oldham’s reaction from the top, tune in to Radio Manchester at 6pm this evening and listen to what club chairman Chris Hamilton has to say.

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