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York Knights v Oldham RLFC - Match Preview

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York Knights meet Betfred League One title favourites Oldham RLFC for a place in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Semi-Finals on Sunday (3pm) at the LNER Community Stadium.

York booked their spot in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Quarter-Finals after finishing as the best second-placed team among the competition's seven groups following a 114-10 thrashing of Newcastle Thunder and a 40-4 defeat to Wakefield Trinity in Group Three.

Oldham meanwhile qualified for the last eight through Group Four, toppling Betfred Championship Play-Off contenders Halifax Panthers 24-20 before easing past fellow third-tier outfit Rochdale Hornets 38-12.

Both sides head into the weekend off the back of defeats in Round Four of the Betfred Challenge Cup, with York losing out 32-16 to Sheffield Eagles while Oldham went down 28-12 at Swinton Lions.

The Knights had beaten Dewsbury Rams 14-8 in Round Three while the Roughyeds began their Challenge Cup campaign with a surprise 22-10 win at second-tier Barrow Raiders.

Oldham will head to LNER Community Stadium full of confidence after a transitional off-season which has seen Betfred Super League legend Sean Long take the reigns as Head Coach and a raft of high-profile signings arrive.

Ex-Great Britain, England and St Helens star Long led Featherstone Rovers' Betfred Championship promotion push last season before departing in August and going on to link up with Wakefield Trinity as Assistant Coach.

After a string of Assistant Coaching roles earlier in his career - with Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Leeds Rhinos, Samoa and France - Long will be eager to mark his mark as Head Coach with Oldham by leading the Greater Manchester club to a return to the second tier.

Long's mission will be aided by one of the strongest squads in the Betfred League One, with vastly experienced Betfred Super League duo Jordan Turner and Joe Wardle arriving alongside Widnes Vikings stalwart Danny Craven and former New Zealand international Elijah Taylor.

For both sides the opportunity to be represented at Wembley Stadium looms large, with just two wins separating themselves from an appearance at the national stadium.

York will be hoping to kickstart a run to a second Wembley appearance in the space of four years, after reaching the 2021 AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final against Featherstone Rovers, while Oldham are seeking their first ever Wembley outings in the Club's 148-year history.

York Knights face Oldham RLFC in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Quarter-Finals on Sunday (3pm) at the LNER Community Stadium, with tickets on sale NOW! For full ticket information, click HERE.


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