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Changes likely for Barrow trip

PHIL Joy is expected to make his long-awaited return to rugby in Oldham’s second pre-season game at Barrow on Sunday, which kicks off at 2pm.

A dislocated shoulder ruined his 2017 season, restricting him to only four games, in the last of which his shoulder ‘popped’ for the second time and resulted in major surgery and another long absence from the game.

He didn’t play in the Law Cup win at Rochdale, but he is likely to figure at Barrow in a squad of 20 or 21 which will show several changes and probably include four amateurs who, like Chris Barlow, have been training with the squad since last November.

Unlike Barlow, they didn’t get a shot at Rochdale but they could well be given a run on Sunday when Naylor will definitely be without second-row man Liam Bent, who dislocated and slightly fractured an elbow in the impressive 28-24 Law Cup triumph.

He faces a lengthy lay-off, but Naylor hopes he might be available for the first Betfred League 1 game at Whitehaven on February 18.

Last night’s sleet and snow made outdoor training difficult, but the session went ahead nevertheless at the Vestacare Stadium.

Said Naylor: “Conditions were a bit grim. We managed to train for the usual length of time, but we had to modify the content a little bit.”


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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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