Vestacare Stadium granted RFL dispensation
Wednesday 28th February 2018 @ 11:20 by Mark Phillip

Oldham RLFC ┬áhas confirmed that, as in previous years, the RFL has granted dispensation for Roughyeds to use the Vestacare Stadium in 2018 although it doesn’t have the requisite 500 seats.

The club acknowledges the stadium doesn’t meet RFL minimum standards in terms of Betfred League 1 seating capacities and says it is grateful to the game’s governing body for granting the dispensation.

In reaching its decision the RFL took into account recent investment in the stadium and its subsequent refurbishment.

News of the RFL’s green light is another huge tonic for the club in the run-up to the first home league game of 2018 against Hemel Stags on Sunday (3pm).

Roughyeds have bounced back from the bitter disappointment of relegation at the end of last season to retain coach Scott Naylor on a two-year deal; to sign 13 new players in a huge dressing room turnover; to regain the Law Cup with a pre-season win at Rochdale; to win at Whitehaven on the opening day of the league campaign for the first time in 17 years; and to play two games in a row without conceding a point.

After the Stags on Sunday, Roughyeds will eagerly look ahead to the visit on March 11 of York City Knights, another club which seems to be heading in the right direction. A cracking game is in prospect.

By Roger Halstead