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Dual-reg pair Bennion, Nzoungou in Oldham squad

TWO of Salford’s new signings for 2018, prop-forwards Gavin Bennion and Levy Nzoungou, are included in Oldham’s 21-man squad for tomorrow’s Vestacare Stadium homecoming against Keighley Cougars.

It’s an early start to the Roughyeds’ new partnership with the Red Devils, which was announced a few days ago.

Bennion (23) worked his way through the ranks at Warrington before spending time with Swinton Lions, Featherstone Rovers and Halifax. He was a stalwart of the Rochdale Hornets pack last season before landing a Betfred Super League deal with Salford. He is expected to be a big player for the Red Devils this year.

Nzoungou, who celebrated his 20th birthday last Monday, is a Frenchman who was born in the Congo. He was reared at St Helens where he figured in the Saints’ Academy side that won the championship and went through the season unbeaten. Dave Eccleston, one of Oldham’s new signings, played in the same side.

Despite his youth, Nzoungou has spent time in Australia with Melbourne Storm before returning to France where he played for Toulouse Olympique last season.

Tomorrow’s squads:

Oldham: Barlow, Bennion, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Joy, Langtree, Maders, Martin, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Nield, Nzoungou, Rasool, Spencer, West, Wikinson.

Cougars: Aaronson, Barker, Barnes, Dixon, Fairhurst, Gaylor, Hallas, Hardcastle, Hawkyard, Kenga, Law, Leeming, Lumb, Parker, Rawlins, Reed, Ross, Ryder, Senior, Walton.

The referee will be top official James Child, from Wakefield, who refereed last October’s Super League Grand Final between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers.

This third and final pre-season warm-up game for Oldham kicks off at 3pm and sees the Roughyeds’ return to the borough after two years at Stalybridge, during which time the club’s ‘home’ at Limehurst Village has been re-named The Vestacare Stadium and significantly refurbished, both in the clubhouse, which opens at noon, and around the ground generally.

The biggest change was the installation of a top-quality artificial pitch which will be staging its first game of senior rugby league.



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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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