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Spencer ruled out of cup clash

JACK Spencer, injured in the 14-0 win at Whitehaven, won’t be fit for Sunday’s clash with Yorkshire amateurs Featherstone Lions in the third round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The former Barrow and Halifax forward left the field at the Recreation Ground early in the second half, clutching an elbow.

He didn’t train on Tuesday night when further examination revealed the elbow had been forced back against the joint.

It’s nothing serious, but he won’t be available this weekend,” confirmed coach Scott Naylor. “It’s not long since he did it and we’ll have a better idea when it’s settled down.

Spencer appeared to be the only injury victim from a rugged forward battle in the Cumbrian mud so Roughyeds will be looking to field a strong side against a Lions outfit that has downed pro opposition in the past and will be going flat out to do it again.

By signing all three of their trialists from NCL premier division club Siddall, near Halifax — Zack McComb, Ben West and Joe Martin — Roughyeds have considerably strengthened their back division while taking the number of players they have under contract to 24.

For the time being at least, that would appear to signal the end of signing activity, given that Naylor also has the back-up of a dual-reg agreement with Salford Red Devils.

“I’m very happy with the size and quality of the squad now and I wouldn’t expect to be bringing in any more players at the present time,” he said.

There’s a nice mix of 13 forwards and 11 backs, more than half of whom are new signings this year as Roughyeds go all out to regain their Championship status at the first time of asking.

So far, so good. Naylor’s new-look class of 2018 have already posted a Law Cup win at Rochdale; a 52-6 win against Keighley Cougars in a friendly at the Vestacare; and a 14-0 triumph up at Whitehaven on the opening day of the Betfred League 1 campaign, their first win there in 17 years.

Three home games in a row now beckon on successive Sundays — Featherstone Lions this Sunday in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup; Hemel Stags in the league the week after; and then one to really savour in the visit of the resurgent York City Knights, whom quite a few judges would tip to be the League 1 surprise packets of the season.

Now that one should be an absolute cracker.



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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.

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