WE have a chance to redeem ourselves when Swinton Lions come to Bower Fold on Friday (5.15pm kick-off) in our opening game in the 2021 Betfred Championship.
We feel we had a good opportunity to win at Heywood Road in the second round of the Betfred Challenge Cup, but we lost 23-14 so we are licking our wounds and resolving to do better on Friday when we meet again in a very important league game.
They are all important, of course, but as both teams are looking forward to what will be a tough and demanding season, this is a game from which both teams will be determined to pick up precious league points.
We can now concentrate entirely on what has to be our priority, the Championship, but Swinton will also have the Challenge Cup and the 1895 Cup to occupy their attention.
In the third round of the Challenge Cup they will play Warrington Wolves at home on the weekend of April 10 and 11, while they will be joined in the semi-finals of the 1895 Cup (draw to follow later) by York City Knights, Featherstone Rovers and Widnes Vikings.
Betfred Challenge Cup (third round): York City Knights v Wigan Warriors; Swinton Lions v Warrington Wolves; Hull KR v Castleford; Catalans Dragons v Wakefield Trinity; Featherstone Rovers v Hull FC; St Helens v Leeds; Leigh Centurions v Huddersfield; Salford Red Devils v Widnes Vikings.
When the Lions come to us on Good Friday it will be their last game before their cup meeting with the Wolves and we will be determined to turn the tables on them so it all makes for a cracker and not one to be missed.
It will be streamed live on Our League, free to Oldham season-ticket holders and £4.95 for everyone else if bought before midnight on Thursday. For anyone booking on Friday it will be £10.
Don’t miss this one when we begin our challenge to consolidate this year in the highly-competitive Betfred Championship.