Setting the scene for Sunday

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SCOTT and the boys need no reminding that they have lost two of their three KP Championship games with Swinton Lions this season.

The exception, a tense 26-24 win at Bower Fold last month, was no compensation for a disappointing first half at Heywood Road and a second-half collapse in the Summer Bash game at Blackpool where the Lions won 25-24 from 20-0 down at the break.

Lewis Palfrey’s touchline conversion of Michael Ward’s late try — ruled out by the touchjudges, but confirmed as good by television re-runs — would almost certainly have given Roughyeds a 26-24 win.

In the light of subsequent results, we would have been sitting pretty now with five more points than Swinton and seven more than the two Cumbrian clubs; all but mathematically sure of staying up.

Scott, however, was more concerned about how and why his side surrendered momentum and ended up pointless after an impressive Lions fightback led by Matty Beharrell.

It was a different story in the first of the three derby games. Lions led 24-0 at half-time and we hit back strongly in a 28-18 defeat.

So tight was game three that it yielded 50 points, four tries apiece and five goals from five shots by Lewis Palfrey against Chris Atkin’s four from five — the only separation.

That was one of seven defeats suffered by the Lions in their nine outings since that crazy Summer Bash game.

But that will mean nothing when Roughyeds go to Heywood Road again this Sunday (3pm), needing to be on top form to make a giant leap towards Championship survival and to enhance their possible push for the Shield play-offs.

One point and one place higher in the table, they face opponents who are looking over their shoulders at the bottom two and who will have targeted this game as one they must win at all costs.

“Anything can happen in these games, as we’ve seen already,” said prop Phil Joy, who has re-signed for 2017 after an impressive record of 95 appearances out of a possible 103 in four seasons with Scoyy as boss.

He was given a rare day off last Sunday, but he’s hoping to be back in the 17 at Heywood Road after also missing the Summer Bash game.

He added: “We’ve six games left and we want to finish as high up the table as we can, obviously. We can’t afford to get too far ahead of ourselves. The focus this week is on Swinton, nothing else.

“We were disappointed with ourselves when we played at Heywood Road on Easter Monday.

“It’s difficult to fathom out why sometimes we seem more up for it than others. I didn’t play against Workington last time out, but if we play like we did in that match — aggressive, physical and with the right mental attitude — we’ll be okay.

“In each of the three derby games there have been huge changes of momentum. It just shows how quickly things can change if you switch off, even momentarily. That’s perhaps one of the biggest differences between League One and the Championship.”

Both teams will be looking for big performances from new boys — Scott Turner (Oldham), Jake Emmitt (Swinton).

Turner was an instant hit on debut against Workington, playing at full-back as replacement for injured Richard Lepori. He looked a class act in defence and attack, safe as houses under the high ball and a player who looked to be full of running and full of tries.

He scored two, had another disallowed and had a sniff for the try line whenever Roughyeds were in possession at the Workington end of the field.

Emmitt, a former Leigh Centurions prop, was Swinton’s star man in a 36-24 defeat at Dewsbury after flying in from Australia earlier in the week.


Club Cash Lottery

SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there's never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why ? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back -- not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It's back this week and it's been won first time out, so next week's jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order -- our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

he easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

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