North Wales Crusaders heach coach Clive Griffiths is expecting a much tougher contest than when his side last faced Oldham, in what he says should be a big game on Sunday (2.30pm kick-off).
Griffiths’ men swept aside the Roughyeds in a 48-12 win earlier this year in the Northern Rail Cup, but the Greater Manchester club currently sit third in the table after a run of three straight victories.
“We know that the other game earlier in the year is no reflection of where Oldham are at the moment”, Griffiths said.
“They’re a good side and Scott Naylor has a lot of experience as a coach himself. Both nines (hookers) are decent players and they’ve also got Jon Ford, who is a big centre from Salford, so we’ll have to be wary of them.
“It’s going to be a big game, and it’s probably more important to them as they need the win. If they lose then they’ve lost three games in the league and it could be a bit of a mountain for them to climb.”
And Griffiths is hoping that his side continues where they left off against the All Golds last weekend as, on reflection, he feels he may have been harsh in his criticism of some of the aspects of his side’s performance.
“After watching the video, you could see that we played some really good rugby in the second half”, he said.
“Some of it was slick and the tries we scored were top drawer – everyone wants to see that and play that brand of rugby.
“We made some good yards, which were supported and led to tries, and we were happy with that.
“But it was still a bit frantic in the first half and the weekend off didn’t help with that at all, even though we did use the free week wisely.
“We tried to force passes when we shouldn’t have and there will be no repitition of that against Oldham, as we’ll have to respect the football a lot more.”
Roughyeds’ Danger Man – Adam Files
Files joined Oldham on a season-long loan from partner club Salford City Reds before the start of the season – and so far he has lived up to his billing as one of Super League’s young stars.
The hooker is often used as an impact player off the bench and currently heads his side’s try-scoring table with nine, as well as chipping in with assists.
The 20-year-old suffered a broken nose in Oldham’s victory over Skolars last weekend, but he should be fit for the clash on Sunday and will no doubt cause the Wrexham-based side a lot of bother.
Form Guide – Oldham Roughyeds (WWWLWL)
Oldham currently sit third in the club following wins over London Skolars, Gateshead Thunder and Hemel Stags in their last three fixture, after a shock defeat in round three at home to Oxford, who are coached by their former coach Tony Benson.
The Roughyeds had started their league campaign with a defeat at home to neighbours Rochdale Hornets, and also exited the Challenge Cup at Hunslet Hawks the week after, before picking up a solid 36-0 victory at Gloucestershire All Golds.
Tickets are still available for the clash with Oldham, with adult prices from £12, concessions from £7, children from £5 and under 7s free. You can either purchase your tickets from the Glyndwr Sports Centre or online.
There is also a fantastic hospitality offer on, which includes a gourmet burger, salad, chips and pint for just £20, with season ticket holder prices reduced to just £10. You will have the opportunity to have photographs with some of the playing squad before the game and you will also be able to join the staff and players for the man of the match presentations in the Centenary Club after the game. To make the most of this offer email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our matchday programme will be on sale around the ground before kick-off at the price of just £2, so make sure you grab a copy to catch up with what’s happening at Crusaders.
Edited by DugSWRLgan, 06 June 2013 - 11:48 AM.