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Hopes high for Reid return

OLDHAM hope to have Law Cup hero Matt Reid back after injury for their Betfred League 1 opener at Whitehaven on Sunday, February 18 (3pm kick-off).

The former Coventry Bears centre scored two tries in a man-of-the-match performance on debut at Rochdale, but then gashed a hand in training and missed the Roughyeds’ other warm-up games against Barrow Raiders and Keighley Cougars.

Earlier reports suggested he might not be ready for the Whitehaven game, but head coach Scott Naylor’s latest assessment was a lot more promising.

He said:

“Matt is still getting some attention to the injury, but I expect him to be training normally in readiness for the game at Whitehaven.”

The same applied, he said, to Kenny Hughes, recovering from surgery on a finger, and to Liam Bent, who dislocated an elbow in the Law Cup triumph a month ago.

Naylor, meanwhile, has played down any significance in the allocation of 2018 squad numbers as follows: 

1, Kyran Johnson; 2, Dave Eccleston; 3, Matt Reid; 4, Jack Holmes; 5, Steven Nield; 6, Paul Crook; 7, David Hewitt; 8, Phil Joy; 9, Gareth Owen; 10, Adam Neal; 11, Craig Briscoe; 12, Danny
Langtree; 13, Jack Spencer; 18, Ben Davies; 19, Adam Jones; 20, Matty Wilkinson; 21, Kenny Hughes; 22, Danny Rasool; 23, Luke Nelmes; 24, Liam Bent; 25, Danny Bridge.

The numbers 14 to 17 inclusive have been held in reserve for future use.

Said Naylor:

“They’re just numbers on a shirt. Personally, I don’t see the importance or the significance of them. Some players may feel they’re important, but feeling towards squad numbers
has changed throughout the game since their early days.

“Every week, you can now see Super League players wearing numbers that you would never ever associate with them.

“Some lads are superstitious and like to keep the same number every year, but it’s impossible to please everybody. We do our best and hope that everybody is happy with them.

“On a personal note I played centre with a No 20 on my back for five years, but it didn’t bother me. What’s important is how you play; not what number you have on your back.”



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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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