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.”

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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

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!

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