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The best is yet to come — Naylor

SCOTT Naylor is looking to his Roughyeds to come up with their best performance of the three-game pre-season programme when they meet Keighley Cougars on the Vestacare Stadium’s new artificial pitch tomorrow (Sun, Jan 28), kicking off at 3pm.

Naylor’s men regained the Law Cup with a 28-24 win at Rochdale and then lost 16-6 with a much-changed team at Barrow.

Both games were played on sodden and soggy pitches, in stark contrast to the firm, perfectly flat and well manicured artificial surface on which Naylor’s Oldham and Craig Lingard’s Keighley will go head to head.

Naylor said: “We’ve played on heavy surfaces so far and it will be nice to play on our own pitch because we know it will be perfect and quick.

“Conditions at Barrow forced both teams into a forward battle. The week before that we were decent with ball in hand at Rochdale and we’re looking to be even better again this week.”

Dismissing Cougars boss Lingard’s claims that the pitch will be advantageous to Oldham over the full season, Naylor added: “A few clubs play on plastic now and even more train regularly on artificial surfaces.

“These pitches are not uncommon in rugby any more.”

Lingard had expressed the view that Cougars would be looking to learn about the pitch from this game so they would be better equipped for their return visit in Betfred League 1 later in the season.

Naylor hasn’t yet announced his squad for the match, but Ben Davies has been added to the casualty list with a back problem that might need a scan and there are doubts about Adam Jones, who has gone down with illness.

Danny Langtree suffered similarly last week, but reports from Thursday night’s training session suggested he could be ready in time.

Limited parking is available at Vestacare, but fans looking for street parking are urged to respect local residents by parking responsibly and not blocking drives.

Turnstiles open at 2pm. Fans buying £2 transfer to the stand can sit anywhere at this match apart from seats that are reserved for club officials.



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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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