Roughyeds report: December

SCOTT NAYLOR’S second season in charge of Oldham Rugby League Club will kick off at South Wales Scorpions on Sunday, March 2.

The first home game in Kingstone Press Championship One will see Naylor’s 2013 league runners-up and beaten play-off finalists go head to head with Hemel Stags on Sunday, March 9.

To compensate for the loss of Northern Rail Cup games, which have been put on hold for a year, each of the nine Championship One clubs will play four ‘extra’ league games which have been picked at random depending on final positions last season.

This gives each club 20 matches – ten at home and ten away.

Oldham’s extra games are against Hemel Stags and Gloucester All Golds at Whitebank and against LondonSkolars and Gateshead Thunder away.

Replacing promoted North Wales and Rochdale Hornets are Hunslet Hawks and York City Knights, who were relegated from the Championship.

Season tickets for 2014 are on sale NOW at the same prices as last year for the same number of matches – ten.

Match-day: adults, standing £11, to sit £13; concessions (over-65s and students under 18 with valid ID),standing£9, to sit £11; under-16s, standing £3, to sit £5.

Season-tickets (until 5pm on Friday, December 20): standing, adults £100, concessions £80, under-16s £25; sitting, adults £115, concessions £100, under-16s £45.

Fans can apply by post (cheques payable to ORLFC) to Oldham RLFC, c/o Oasis Academy Oldham, Hollins Road, Oldham OL8 4JZ.

Tickets will also be on sale (cheque or cash) at the refreshment van at Whitebank between 11.30am and 1pm each Monday, Wednesday andFriday up to Friday, December 20. Further information ring 0161 624 9630, ext70552.

Naylor, meanwhile, is delighted to have added to his squad with the capture of 19-year-old local boy Jake Shoel, a centre who has had three seasons at Super League club Huddersfield Giants, playing mainly for their under-18s and their reserves.

Roughyeds now have 20 players contracted for 2014, including five newcomers in centre Shoel, stand-off Brett Robinson, prop Paddy Mooney, hooker or half-back Danny Whitmore, and second-rower Ben Wood, a former Saddleworth Rangers youngster, who worked previously with Naylor at Salford.

OLDHAM RLFC FIXTURES FOR THE 2014 SEASON

Kingstone Press Championship One

Sunday, March 2           South Wales Scorpions     A      3pm
Sunday, March 9           Hemel Stags                      H      3pm
Sunday, Mach 23          London Skolars                  A       3pm
Sunday, April 13            Gateshead Thunder          H       3pm
Friday, April 18              Hunslet Hawks                 A        2pm
Sunday, May 4               Oxford                              H        3pm
Sunday, May 18             York City Knights              H        3pm
Sunday, May 25             Gloucester All Golds        A         3pm
Sunday, June 1               London Skolars                 H        3pm
Sunday, June 8               Hemel Stags                     A         2.30pm
Sunday, June 15             South Wales Scorpions     H        3pm
Sunday, June 22             Gateshead Thunder          A         3pm
Sunday, June 29             Oxford                               A         3pm
Sunday, July 13               Gloucester All Golds         H         3pm
Sunday, July 20               York City Knights               A         3pm
Sunday, July 27                Hunslet Hawks                 H         3pm
Sunday, August 3             London Skolars                 A          3pm
Sunday, August 17           Hemel Stags                     H          3pm
Sunday, August 31           Gateshead Thunder         A           3pm
Sunday, September 7       Gloucester All Golds        H           3pm