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Halifax away in Challenge Cup

OLDHAM will go to Betfred Championship side Halifax in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup over the weekend of March 17 and 18.

The club will confirm the date, kick-off time and prices of admission to this showdown at The Shay as soon as they are finalised.

Scott Naylor’s boys gave the blue-and-whites a good run for their money in each of their three clashes at The Shay when Roughyeds were in the Championship in 2016 and 2017.

In regular-season games, Fax won 12-6 in 2016 and 16-14 in 2017, but a little easier in the Championship Shield of 2016, 32-18.

“We went close to winning there last year and we did okay at The Shay generally over the two seasons we were in the Championship,” said Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton.

“It’s a tough one, obviously because they’re a side from the upper end of the Championship, but we’ll be going there to have a real go and we’ll see what happens.

“It will be a quick return to his former club by Luke Nelmes and I’m sure our three latest signings, Zack McComb, Ben West and Joe Martin, who are all Halifax lads, will be happy
about it, too.”

Full draw:

  • Hunslet v Bradford Bulls
  • Barrow v Sheffield Eagles
  • Workington Town v London Broncos
  • Halifax v OLDHAM
  • Kells v Toronto Wolfpack
  • North Wales Crusaders v Featherstone Rovers
  • Coventry Bears v  Pilkington Recs
  • Whitehaven v Dewsbury Rams
  • Normanton Knights v Rochdale Hornets
  • Batley Bulldogs v Leigh Centurions
  • Doncaster v Newcastle Thunder
  • York City Knights v Swinton Lions .

Oldham’s training session at the Vestacare Stadium tonight was cancelled  because the pitch was covered in snow, as were the surrounding areas. It would not have been possible to train on the pitch.

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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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