NEWS | Oldham match preview

NEWS | Oldham match preview

14th August 2019

The Dons travel to take on Oldham in Betfred League One this weekend looking to make it three league victories in a row.

Richard Horne’s side secured a play-off place with a 23-22 win over London Skolars last time out, as they now look to finish as high up the ladder as possible.

Since being beaten by the Dons two months ago, Oldham have won six of their past seven league games to put them just two points behind league leaders Whitehaven with three games remaining,

Who’s the gaffer?

Scott Naylor will have spent seven years at Oldham when his current two-year agreement expires at the end of the 2019 season. 

He has sampled highs and lows with the Roughyeds, promotion from League 1 along with relegation from the Championship - but the former Salford, Bradford and England centre, who won every domestic honour in the sport, is held in high regard as a coach by the Oldham faithful.

Ones to watch

Paul Crook

An experienced half-back, Crook scored almost 1500 points during seven years at Rochdale Hornets making him the club’s highest point-scorer breaking a record which had previously been held since 1934. He played a key role in helping Whitehaven reach the Betfred League One play-off final in 2017, before joining Oldham ahead of the 2018 campaign.

Gareth Owen

The Oldham skipper has lead the team out since being handed the armband in 2017. He played more than 30 games in Super League for Salford Red Devils before joining Oldham and Sheffield on short-term loans. He then joined the Roughyeds on a permanent deal to become a key member of Scott Naylor’s squad.

Danny Langtree

The prolific back rower returned to earlier this season after initially leaving the club last year to join Super League side Hull FC. The 27-year-old had made almost 150 appearances for the Roughyeds prior to his move, becoming one of the hottest prospects in the third tier.

Last time out

The Dons beat Oldham 31-0 back in June in what was their second victory over Scott Naylor’s side in the space of a week. A double from Jordie Hedges, along with tries from Watson Boas, Sam Doherty and Jordan Howden sealed the win.

NEWS | Oldham match preview