League One Playoff winners: Oldham

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Oldham came into the 2019 season hoping to bounce back to the Championship, after falling short in the playoffs the season before.

After defeat in their opening match against Workington, they went on an unbeaten run, until they lost at promotion rivals Newcastle Thunder.

Another defeat at a promotion rival came soon after, as they were comprehensively beaten at Doncaster.

Another loss at Whitehaven as good as put them out of the automatic promotion race.

However, they won their last six games of the season to finish in second place. Just two points behind champions Whitehaven.

As a result of their second place finish, they got home advantage in the playoffs, and they got to bypass the first week of action.

After Doncaster stunned Newcastle at Kingston Park, it meant the Dons would be the visitors to the Vestacre Stadium.

They won 22-12, and went straight through to the final, and most importantly, secured home advantage for that match.

After the Thunder enacted their revenge on Doncaster, they welcomed the North East side to Greater Manchester with the winner playing Championship rugby in 2020.

It was a close encounter, but Oldham won to confirm their place in the Championship for the upcoming season.

They will spend next season back in Stalybridge, as they return to Bower Fold. Their original home Vestacre Stadium does not meet the RFL’s criteria for a second tier stadium.

The Red and Whites open their new campaign when they welcome Widnes Vikings in February.

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