DEWSBURY Rams and their head coach Lee Greenwood come to Bower Fold tomorrow (Sun), having labelled our second-row pairing of Danny Langtree and Danny Bridge as the biggest dangers and the men to watch.
Greenwood, a former Oldham winger and eldest brother of Jamie, the young hooker who played for us last year, has steered the Rams to two league wins out of three so far this season — a win at Halifax and a home triumph against Widnes Vikings last week.
This is what he has said about the Oldham game on the Rams website:
“Oldham are a decent side. Matt (Diskin) has changed their style of play. They are largely using the same squad that got them promoted. Against Bradford they ‘borrowed’ five players so a third of their team wasn’t theirs.
“However, like us, they’ll do whatever they can to get the wins. They pass the ball well and they have good second-rowers, Langtree and Bridge, who can play anywhere on the pitch and would get into nearly every side in the division. They are very good players so we’ll have to be on it to handle them.
“There is no over-confidence from me because I remember the Keighley friendly. They are in League 1 and have lost their first league and cup match. They looked better than we were in some parts of the game that day, being hard and fast around the middle. I have already reminded our guys about that day.
“If that game serves as a reminder to our lads that we need to be good to beat Oldham, fine by me. It can be easier to prove something when you are an underdog. Oldham will not take us lightly but when they looked at the fixtures before the season started they would have looked at this as a winnable match.
“It’s not going to be an easy fixture. No fixture is easy. We are on a decent run of form and performances and when you are on that you want the next game to come around quickly. We’ve pulled off two results that no one outside the dressing room expected us to get so the next one, Oldham, is massive for us.
“This is the first game in which I wouldn’t say we were favourites but we aren’t going in as massive underdogs. It’s going to be a different type of challenge for us. I’ve been quick to get the boys to focus on Oldham because losing this one would take the edge off those wins (against Halifax and Dewsbury).
“This is a big one in our season. If Oldham win they get two points and go level (on points) with us again. On the other hand we can win and turn what’s been a good start into a fantastic start.”
So there you have it . . . the talking and the writing stops here. Game day next . . . see you there !