Oldham determined to throw off bridesmaid's tag
Last updated at 15:23, Thursday, 09 February 2012
BRIDESMAID syndrome has set in at Oldham in recent years, but coach Tony Benson is determined to go all the way this time round.
So often defeated in the play-offs as promotion beckoned, the Roughyeds have set out their stall this year to take that final step.
With four promotion spots up for grabs, Benson’s side will still go up should they suffer that familiar fate of a play-off final defeat, though he would obviously prefer the glory of victory.
With Miles Greenwood a big signing for the Greater Manchester club and former Raider Paul Noone, Neil Maden and others adding experience and skill, Oldham certainly have the potential to be up among the top sides.
Benson said: “I think over the last few years, on paper we haven’t had the strongest squad, but we’ve wrung every ounce out of them. By the time we have got to the finals, we have been pretty well done and other teams have added Super League players to their sides and they just pip us at the line.
“I think this year, I don’t want to get caught out with that, so I have added a few more players to the squad and a few more experienced players too.
“Hopefully we have a team who can get us over the line this year.”
Oldham’s pre-season has been hit by friendly cancellations – their game with local rivals Rochdale being postponed more than once – and several players, including Noone and Maden, have yet to feature.
But they gave Whitehaven a real run for their money and beat a Saints side including Barrow ace Ade Gardner and Chris Flannery.
Benson added: “The two games we have played went pretty well.
“We played a really strong Saints team, which included players like Flannery and Ade Gardner, and we beat them fairly comprehensively.
“But I have still got about half-a-dozen players who haven’t had a game yet – Neil Maden, Paul Noone and those guys haven’t played yet.
“All this means I don’t really know the full potential of the team yet.”
First published at 13:15, Thursday, 09 February 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Alert over door-to-door fish sales in Cumbria
- Sarah Millican Barrow tickets sell out in 45 minutes
- Work on £5m Barrow regeneration project starts this month
- Lake District rescue team assist walkers lost in the dark
- Police appeal after report of inappropriate conduct towards girl in Barrow
- Weather warning for Cumbria - gales expected
- Police investigating collision at Barrow taxi firm
- Pupils hit a high note at South Cumbria Musical Festival
- Concerns over increase in violence at Cumbria prison
- Electric barriers result in outrage among Haverigg residents
- Barrow AFC held by Bradford Park Avenue
- Edmo urges Barrow AFC fans to raise the volume
- Loan ace in line to earn permanent Barrow AFC switch
- Casson confident over Barrow AFC title bid
- Wilson hails Barrow AFC squad strength
- Barrow AFC boss facing selection headaches
- The Weekly Meeks: Bradford clash will be no walk in the Park
- Walney Cents' Finch back for top-of-the-table clash
- Hawcoat Park aim to produce another big home display
- Kirkby look to steer cup treble chasers off course
Visit our websites for...
Great Daffodil appeal 2015
Homes and gardens 21
Power to switch
Walk to remember
Choosing a secondary school
To save our contact details direct to your smartphone simply scan this QR code
|Evening Mail Going Out|