Date: Sunday 12th April
Venue: Whitebank Stadium, Oldham
After two crushing defeats at Whitebank in the two cup competitions, Coventry head north for a third visit to Oldham in the opening six weeks of the season.
Last Time Out
Oldham were unlucky to lose to the Crusaders on Wednesday night as North Wales secured a place at Blackpool for the iPro Sport Cup semi-final.
After taking the lead through a George Tyson try, Rob Massam would bring North Wales level but two Lewis Palfrey’s penalties give Oldham the lead at the interval. Ryan Duffy and Jamie Dallimore would put the Crusaders into an eight point lead and held on despite a Danny Langtree try two minutes from time.
Coventry’s first home game at semi-professional level saw a healthy crowd in attendance as they comfortably defeated Oxford.
The Bears came firing out the traps with four tries in the opening twenty minutes through Billy Sheen, Matt Cooper, Eddie Medforth and Josh Guzdek. Oxford did grab the next two scores but a try from Troy Brophy and a second from Medforth on the hooter wrapped up the two points.
Despite two games in the space of four days, Scott Naylor has a fully fit squad to choose from once again for this clash with the Bears.
Coventry should have North Wales loanee Matt Reid available for selection for the trip of Lancashire, Tom Tsang could also hand Ben Tyers a return to the matchday seventeen after the Prop didn’t feature last week.
The Roughyeds have a big forward pack which is always a vital element to have within a team at this level of the game and I feel, as they did last month, the likes of Nathan Mason, Adam Neal and Danny Langtree will have too much for the Coventry side.
What The Coaches Say
Oldham Roughyeds Coach Scott Naylor: We are a very fit squad thanks to the conditioning the boys have had from Kane Daniels of Huddersfield Giants.
“He’s done a great job for us, but a lot of credit must go to the players who have rolled up their sleeves and worked phenomenally hard for him.
“We’ve still a few things to address, slow starts being one of them. At Rochdale we changed our warm-up routine to see if that would make any difference, but it didn’t appear to.”
Coventry Bears Coach Tom Tsang: “We couldn’t have asked for a better start last week. It was a decent performance and a great result but still a lot of things to work on so we’re not getting too complacent.
“This will be our third game at Whitebank in six weeks and we’ll be able to look back on that and use the experience. Hopefully we can use all the energy and enthusiasm that was garnered from the win and put it to good use against Oldham.”
It was a dream start for the Bears last time out, but this Oldham side are a dark horse this year and I fear it will be a repeat of the cup games at Whitebank. – Oldham by 26.