We stay 5 points above drop zone


AN upbeat Scott Naylor has acknowledged that successive Shield wins against relegation rivals Workington Town and Swinton Lions have given Oldham a massive boost in their battle to stay in the KP Championship.

The 30-8 win at Swinton equalled the Roughyeds’ season-best winning margin, established by the 38-16 home win against Dewsbury Rams in February, and was the side’s first away win against part-time opponents.

They had that sensational 36-22 win at Hull KR in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and a 24-16 victory at Sheffield in the league, both against full-time professional outfits.

Said Naylor: “We’re on a high, but we’ve still a long way to go until we are mathematically certain of staying up and that’s what counts.”

Despite Workington’s home win against Dewsbury, Oldham remain five points above the drop zone with five to play.

They are seven points ahead of bottom-club Whitehaven; five ahead of Workington; and three in front of Swinton.

They are equal with Dewsbury Rams on 18 and only two behind Sheffield, who are at Bower Fold in the next home game on Bank Holiday Monday, August 29 (3pm kick off).

Sammy Gee, who played at centre yesterday, will not be charged by the RFL after being placed on report for a late tackle on Callum Phillips near the end of the Workington game on August 7.

The Match Review Panel has studied video evidence and concluded that although Gee’s tackle was slightly late there was nothing in it to warrant a charge.

The latest update on Craig Briscoe’s knee injury is not as positive. He will need an operation and he won’t play again this season.

Said Naylor: “We have to look after him and get him ready for next season.”

Lewis Palfrey kicked seven goals from eight shots, hitting a post with the other, while tries were scored against Swinton by David Hewitt (2), Adam Clay and Dannny Langtree.

We led 16-4 at half-time.

Team: Turner; Clay, Gee, Gill, Chisholm; Palfrey, Hewitt; Joy, Owen, Dickinson, Middlehurst, Langtree, Thompson. Subs: Hughes, Burke, Spencer, Hope.

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.

Best of luck!

Shire Self Storage
1895 Sports
H Mullaney & Son
CDX Security
Donkeystone Brewery Co
Purpose Business and Marketing
Oldham Reporter
The Property Buying Company
Swans Travel
Premier Kia
The Oldham Times
University of Salford
Spindles Town Square
Bamford Print