As North Wales Crusaders host Oldham in their opening home match of the League 1 season this weekend, we take a look at some of the memorable clashes between the two sides over the years.
Crusaders and Oldham have come head-to-head on ten occasions and many of the matches haven’t disappointed.
Oldham 32-36 North Wales Crusaders – May 2012
In the first meeting between the two sides, Crusaders edged a closely-fought battle 36-32 at Whitebank Stadium.
Adam Clay, current club chief executive Andy Moulsdale, Sam Broadbent, Jay Clarke, Anthony Morrison, Ian Cross and Rob Massam were all on the scoresheet in what was only North Wales’ second competitive victory as a club.
North Wales Crusaders 22-20 Oldham – June 2013
The home side had a missed conversion from Lewis Palfrey on the full-time to thank for this crucial win, which went a long way to securing promotion to the Championship later on in the season.
On the scoresheet for Crusaders that day were Tommy Johnson, Gary Middlehurst (two) and Dan Birkett.
Oldham did get their revenge, though, as they beat North Wales 28-10 at Whitebank a month or so later.
Oldham 16-18 North Wales Crusaders – April 2015 (iPro Sport Cup semi-final)
Crusaders booked their place in the iPro Sport Cup final, which they went on to win, with a titanic 18-16 victory over Oldham.
Despite trailing 10-6 at the break, with Rob Massam crossing in the first-half, North Wales turned it around and made sure they’d be taking part in the Summer Bash Blackpool.
Tries in the second-half from Ryan Duffy and Jamie Dallimore proved to be the difference in the end.
Don’t forget, Crusaders have launched #CHALLENGE800 ahead of Sunday’s clash with Oldham at Queensway Stadium. Make sure you get involved and invite all your family, friends and work colleagues to cheer on the lads in the opening home match of the season.