Roughyeds report: Oldham in hunt for automatic promotion

OLDHAM RL travel to leaders Whitehaven on Sunday (July 7) for a top-two battle that could be decisive in the hunt for automatic promotion.

They head to Cumbria on the back of a thumping 56-6 home victory against West Wales Raiders that lifted them to second spot in Betfred League 1 with seven games to play.

It is proving to be one of the most absorbing promotion races in recent years with only five points separating the top six sides.

Danny Langtree scored a 10-minute hat-trick early in the game for a Roughyeds side that scored 11 tries with centre Cameron Leeming and hooker Matty Wilkinson each adding a brace.

The victory lifted Roughyeds to within one point of Whitehaven who have faltered after losing two of their last three matches.

The Cumbrians returned to winning ways, however, with a 28-6 victory at London Skolars on Saturday.

Oldham head to Whitehaven in a decent vein of form having won their last three matches.

The 31-0 loss at Doncaster on Sunday, June 9, their fourth league loss in their opening 10 games, looks like being a watershed moment of their campaign.

Coach Scott Naylor described that loss as “embarrassing”.

“A lot of people need to look in the mirror and decide what they want to get out of this season,” said Naylor.

Since then Roughyeds have beaten Keighley Cougars 28-4 at home, posted a fabulous 26-16 victory at Workington and defeated West Wales Raiders 56-6 to put themselves back firmly in the frame for promotion.

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