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We looked hungry. I liked that — Scott

HEAD coach Scott Naylor was delighted with his new-look Oldham side’s 28-24 Law Cup win at Rochdale, picking out strong defence and a collective will to win as the factors that pleased him most.

He said: “We looked hungry. We deserved to win because we were the better side. Our defence was good and that pleased me a lot.

“Two of their four tries were off our mistakes as we came out of defence on yardage sets and for most of the game they didn’t cause us many problems. We played good, solid rugby and defended strongly.

“We had a lot of new lads in the side but this was the Oldham of old, featuring lads who wanted to play for the club and who were prepared to give everything for the club. It was nice to see; something I missed a little bit last season.

“Individually, Matt Reid showed he is more than capable of playing to a high standard in League 1 and maybe at Championship level too.

“Craig Briscoe’s confidence will have soared after his good spell on the field (his first game in 18 months) and Dave Eccleston, straight out of the St Helens academy, looked like he could play in the Championship.

“Luke Nelmes gave us something different and Adam Jones offered a lot in defence, but all the new boys did well and we were pleased with Chris Barlow (a trialist on the wing), who took his try well and did everything we asked of him.

“The biggest plus for me, though, was the team’s overall desire and self-belief and how the players bought into our message that losing wasn’t an option. To be honest, they did better than I expected, given that it was our first run and we had so many new boys in the side, including a new half-back partnership in Paul Crook and Dave Hewitt.”

Invited to address the crowd of 504 over the public address system at the end of the game, Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton thanked everyone for their attendance on a cold night and offered a ‘fantastic well-done’ to the Roughyeds’ team.

He added: “We had a lot of new players in the squad but it was a hard game and they showed a lot of bottle.

“A big thank-you also to our fans. We’ve done you proud and hopefully we can build on this and move forward from here.

“Commiserations to Hornets and good luck for the season.”

Danny Langtree, acting captain for the night and sporting a huge grin, stepped up to receive the Law Cup, while two-try centre Matt Reid collected the Oldham RL Heritage Trophy, as Roughyeds’ man of the match, from Dave Naylor, a former winner of a national award to recognise supporters’ voluntary contributions to their club and now a member of the Oldham RLFC media team.

Gary Middlehurst, selected as Hornets’ best player on the night, received the Karl Marriott award.



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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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