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A real buzz ahead of Law Cup — Carey

OLDHAM have promised they will go into their Law Cup clash at Rochdale tomorrow (Wed) night, 7.45pm kick-off, with all guns blazing.

Fielding several new faces, they will be revved-up to reclaim the pre-season trophy which Hornets won at Bower Fold last year.

Tonight’s training will take the form of a ‘captain’s run’ — usual practice for the last session before game day — and the squad will then be ready to go into battle some 24 hours later, said assistant coach Peter Carey.

He added: “There’s a real buzz around the place ahead of the first game of the season. All the boys are looking forward to the challenge. It’s a big game for both clubs, as are all Oldham-Rochdale derbies.

“It might be a so-called friendly, but there’s a cup at stake as well as bragging rights. It’s a really important game for rival fans too.

“We are certainly not taking it lightly. We’ll be going into the game as strong as possible and it will be good to see some of our new lads in action with us for the first time.”

Carey said he and head coach Scott Naylor were delighted with how the season’s preparations had unfolded since training began in early November.

The players had worked exceptionally hard on their fitness and stamina-building under the guidance of their new conditioner and fellow team mate Adam Neal, a fully-qualified personal trainer in his full-time employment.

He (Carey) and Naylor looked after skill drills and team work.

He added: “We’ve been able to spend a lot more time this year on field work thanks to the installation of the artificial pitch at Whitebank (now named the Vestacare Stadium).

“We’ve had backs and forwards for separate 45-minute sessions while the ones not with us have been with Adam (Neal) in the gym. We’ve then come together on the pitch for the last hour which has given us a lot more time with the ball.

“The people from Avro AFC (who now hold the lease at the stadium) have looked after us superbly and we can’t thank them enough for that.

“We’ve also been welcomed with open arms at The Strength Factory gym in Westhoughton, which means we can look back on pre-season with a great deal of satisfaction.

“We had a short break for Christmas and New Year, but we were back last Thursday night and in again on Saturday morning.

“By the time we’ve finished tonight’s captain’s run we’ll be all set for the game at Rochdale.”

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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