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A job well done — and now we move on

That was an accurate summing up of Peter Carey’s post-match media address following our 42-0 defeat of amateurs Featherstone Lions in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the Vestacare Stadium.

Like head coach Scott Naylor, he agreed that the tie was more about the Lions than about Oldham, but he said Roughyeds did everything that was asked of them in terms of keeping their discipline and their structures and in moving comfortably into round four with only one injury of note.

Adam Jones suffered a concussion, but that was our only injury setback despite Kenny Hughes and Paul Crook requiring running repairs after taking heavy tackles early in the game.

Said Carey:

“We changed things round a bit at half-time because in the first half it looked like they were reading what we were trying to do far too easily.

“It worked better, but to be honest this was more about getting the game over without further mishap than anything else.

“It was a very physical game. They had a real dig at us. Credit to them for that and for giving absolutely everything they had. It was their big day and they had nothing to lose.

“They never gave in and they had a never-say-die attitude . We knew we’d been in a game, that’s for sure, but we acquitted ourselves well and it was some achievement to go through two full games without conceding a point.”

The Lions didn’t help themselves by conceding 18 penalties, taking a team warning for persistently and illegally slowing down Oldhm’s play-the-ball; and having three players sin-binned at various times in the game for non-related incidents.

Roughyeds were off to a flying start with tries in the first ten minutes by Danny Langtree and Zack McComb , both improved by the trusty boot of Paul Crook.

Crook’s grubber into the in-goal was pounced on by ‘Langers’ for the first of our seven converted tries and then, after Adam Neal was tackled just short, the lively duo of David Hewitt and Kyran Johnson combined beautifully to put in McComb.

Hewitt and Johnson were terrorising the Lions’ right-side defence and they did it again in the 27th minute only for the final pass to be ruled forward as West raced across the line.

He wasn’t to be denied long, though, but first was to come a stunning length-of-the-field break by the lightning quick Johnson, who was stopped just short of the line after a stunning chase by Gareth Gale.

A try surely had to come and it fell to West after excellent work by his centre McComb, who took a pass off his bootlaces to get West over in the corner. Crook goaled and it was 18-0 at half-time.

Roughyeds went on to score four more tries by Phil Joy, Dave Eccleston, Langtree and Danny Bridge with the ever-reliable Crook converting each of them

Pick of the bunch was Eccleston’s. The eye-catching West made the running with a powerful clearing run out of defence and then Jack Holmes’s quick hands opened up the outside for Eccleston to race over in the corner.

Oldham scorers: tries, Langtree (2), McComb, West, Joy, Eccleston, Bridge; Goals: Crook 7/7.

Team: Johnson; Eccleston, Holmes, McComb, West; Crook, Hewitt; Joy, Hughes, Neal, Bridge, Langtree, Bent; Subs: Jones, Nelmes, Rasool, Wilkinson.

Lions: Jackson; Garahan, Battye, Gale, Redfern; Wandless, Perkins; Mawson, Gamble, Gilbert, Fox, Wilson, McAllister; Subs: Gibbins, Beckett, Frankland, Glassell

Referee: Liam Staveley; Att: 364.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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