By - Sour
Saturday 13 November sees Newcastle travel to the hills overlooking Manchester to take on Oldham.
As place names go Newcastle and Oldham are pretty easy to figure out. One is named after the fact it once had a castle that was new, the other is named after some out of date cured pork....wait a minute....
Oldham (& Werneth) is one of the oldest lacrosse clubs in the world established as it was in 1883 with only Stockport, Cheadle and Heaton Mersey in the North and Hampstead and Cambridge University in the South being older clubs in England. At that time Newcastle (as southerners will have you believe) was still being regularly raided by Reivers from north of the border, and fights were solved with dinosaur bones. In reality however, we Novocastrians were actually driving the industry of the British Empire.
Oldham have been a team of two faces. Their home form has been pretty dominant. Big wins over Leeds and York, bear this out, even with the rumoured lack of goalies in that part of Lancashire (if they only knew!!).
Their away form has been tragic. Single goal road losses to Hull and Liverpool would not have been on their to-do list this season, and they only have a big opening day win at Chester to show for their . It's worth bearing in mind that this team is only 2 years removed from a decent season in the old Division 2.
Oldham come into the game second in Premier 3 with a 3-2 record, while the Knights are in fourth at 2-2. No-one in silver and black is expecting anything but a very tough assignment this weekend. “Well, we’ve seen their results so far this season, but in all honesty there’s nothing that we can do about them – we have to worry about our own game, and continue to improve as did between the Leeds and Liverpool games then we’ll have every chance of getting a result.” Commented Robin Webb
“Rob’s right” said midfielder Andy Higginbottom, “We have to concentrate on getting our game into shape, and up to the level that we know we can achieve. We’ve sporadically played some top notch lacrosse this season, but we haven’t managed to put a whole game together either offensively or defensively”
“It’s about time we managed to string more than 2 quarters of lacrosse together,” rejoined Webb,” Obviously we’ve only played 3 games, but the way we’re performing in training and the way the team has bonded in such a short space of time shows that we’ve got more to offer on game day.”
So far this season the Knights have given debuts to 10 new players in 3 games. This has inevitably lead to some issues with team defence and chemistry in the offensive end, some of which seemed to have been solved against Liverpool.
“We were better against Liverpool,” says Higginbottom, “But we still weren’t where we want to be. We were a bit wasteful in possession and a bit hesitant on the slide. These are things we’re working on and things that we know we need to put right if we’re going to remain competitive.”
Anyone fancying a trip to Oldham this Saturday to witness this epic battle of wills and skills should get there for the 1400 face-off. Or just wait until Monday/Tuesday next week for the match report here on http://www.nutlax.com.
The name Oldham could possibly have been derived from two sources:
1. The Saxon “Eald Ham” meaning “old village or place”
2. Or the Norse “Aldehulme” which is thought to mean either “Old outcrop or promontory” – referring to the town’s hill top position, or “holm or hulme of the farmer Alda” – holm or hulme being terms for farm/home/house/hamlet.
Not from out of date cured pork.
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