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PRISON officer Neil Roden is looking to lock out Wakefield's Carnegie Challenge Cup chances this afternoon.

The Oldham stand-off hopes to inspire a huge shock at Belle Vue.

Roughyeds' coach Steve Deakin was assistant to Wakefield boss John Kear when they masterminded Sheffield's famous 1998 final win.

And Roden thinks that experience could help Oldham against the Wildcats today.

"Deaks has put it across to us that shocks do happen," Roden told People Sport.

"They will obviously be the favourites because they are a full-time team.

"But if we play to the best of our abilities then hopefully we can pull something off."

Oldham are among the front-runners for promotion from National League Two this year having assembled a squad full of experience.

Ex-Super League stars Marcus St Hilaire, Phil Joseph and Danny Halliwell have played their part in cup wins over NL1 sides Salford, Dewsbury and Whitehaven this year.

Roden's halfback partner James Coyle is a nuclear engineer, Ian Hodson a plumber and Richard Mervill is a youth worker.

But all that will be put aside today against a Wakefield team pushing Super League's top six.

"We seem to do better in the bigger games," added Roden, who started his career in the Wigan Academy alongside the likes of Lee Gilmour, now of St Helens.

"This is a massive game for everybody at the club and we're all looking forward to it."

The draw for the semifinals will be made on local BBC news between 6.50pm and 7pm tomorrow night.

ROCHDALE HORNETS have appointed former Leigh boss Darren Shaw as the successor to Bobbie Goulding, who was sacked last week.


TODAY: Carnegie Challenge Cup: Hull Kingston Rovers v St Helens (3pm); Bradford v Hull FC (3.15pm); Wakefield Tr v Oldham (3.30pm) FRIDAY: Engage Super League: St Helens v Hull KR (7.30pm); Leeds v Hull FC (8pm). SATURDAY: Castleford v Wakefield Tr (6pm).


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Date:Jun 1, 2008
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