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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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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: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The 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.

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