FUNNY how the fixtures work out, isn’t it? After going the whole of May without a home game, we have two games in a row at the Vestacare Stadium and then we go another month before we are at home again.
Following last Sunday’s game against Swinton Lions at the Vestacare, we are at home again this Sunday when we entertain Midlands Hurricanes, who are one place above us in the league table.
Of the non-heartlands clubs in Betfred League One, Hurricanes have been the most successful so far if you discount North Wales Crusaders, who admittedly play in Colwyn Bay now, but who have big connections in Leigh and draw many of their players from the West Lancashire hot-bed.
Hurricanes used to be Coventry, but they’ve changed their name and relocated to South Birmingham and the changes don’t seem to have done them any harm at all.
Just the opposite, in fact. No opposition has had it easy against them and, as Stu Littler said in the hospitality suite last Sunday, we know we’ll have a game on our hands.
It goes without saying that another competitive game is anticipated. Unlike Swinton, we don’t expect them to bring a lot of fans so that’s all the more reason why we ask our own fans to support us on the day and to give vocal backing to our lads, at the same time letting Hurricanes know what it means to venture into the heartlands at a club like Oldham.
There is currently a fantastic amount of work going on behind the scenes, not least the launch of our women’s and masters teams (more of that later) and the Roughyeds On Tour initiative which starts this Thursday at the Oldham Event Centre at 8.30pm after training.
It’s the first heat of a darts competition which gives you a chance to mix and mingle with the players in a social environment away from rugby. to say nothing of your chance to compete in a comp which carries some significant prizes.
It will be great fun — and the players are looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.
As for how the fixtures drop, after Sunday we won’t be at home again until Rochdale visit us on July 10 so that’s another reason why we need the support of as many of you as can make it.
So please put it in your diaries now — Oldham v Midlands Hurricanes this Sunday, June 12, at the Vestacare Stadium. 3pm kick-off.
The club can confirm that Jack Arnold and Ryan Wright have left the club after being released from their contracts. Rhys Davies has also left, after finishing his trials, and has now signed for West Wales Raiders.