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Oldham second favourites for League 1 title

BETFRED, who now sponsor the Championship and League 1 as well as Super League, make Oldham second favourites, behind Bradford Bulls, to win League 1 outright in the season that starts for Scott Naylor’s men at Whitehaven on Sunday, February 18.

The champions go up automatically, but the second promotion spot hinges on a play-off featuring the teams finishing second, third, fourth and fifth.

Bradford are  heavy odds-on favourites to finish top and go up by the direct route, 4/9 in fact, followed by Oldham at 6/1 and Whitehaven, last season’s beaten promotion finalists, at 9/1.

On the opening day of the League 1 season, we go to Whitehaven, who called off last Sunday’s friendly against Barrow because of injury and sickness, but hope to play Workingotn this weekend in the annual Ike Southward Memorial match.

With a squad that currently numbers 22, they don’t have a dual-registration agreement in place, but they hope to sign at least one loan player before the League 1 opener against Scott’s boys on February 18 at the Recreation Ground.

They are still without their two Papua New Guinea players Jessie Joe Parker and Dion Aiye, who have left PNG but are currently held up in Brisbane, Australia while working through the process of visa clearance.
 
In an added complication, Aiye has had four days in a Brisbane hospital suffering from pneumonia, but he has been discharged and ‘Haven hope to see both players in West Cumbria in the next few days.

Betfred odds (to win League 1 outright): Bradford Bulls 4/9, OLDHAM 6/1, Whitehaven 9/1,  York City Knights 10/1, Doncaster 11/1, Workington 25/1, Keighley Cougars 33/1, Newcastle Thunder 33/1, Hunslet 40/1, North Wales Crusaders 100/1, London Skolars 100/1, Hemel Stags 500/1, Coventry Bears 500/1, West Wales Raiders 500/1.

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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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