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We need to trust in what we believe in — Naylor

ALL but two of the 17 players who won at Whitehaven will be in contention for Oldham’s third-round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie against the amateurs of Featherstone Lions at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm) on Sunday.

Jack Spencer is out with an elbow injury and dual-reg Ryan Lannon won’t be involved, but the other 15 will be joined in the selection mix by Danny Rasool, Liam Bent and the newly-signed ex-Siddal triumvirate of Ben West, Zack McComb and Joe Martin.

Still out are Gareth Owen, Ben Davies and Craig Briscoe, who could be ready for the Hemel league game on Sunday week after having his “other” knee flushed out — not the one that has been rebuilt and successfully prepared for action again over the last 18 months.

Everyone else is in the running. We’ll have a strong side out,” said head coach Scott Naylor, who confirmed that dual-reg players would not be involved in a cup competition.

That leaves these 20 hoping to do battle in the first “proper” rugby league game on the Vestacare’s new artificial pitch:

Bent, Bridge, Crook, Eccleston, Hewitt, Holmes, Hughes, Johnson, Jones, Joy, Langtree, Martin, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Nield, Rasool, Reid, West, Wilkinson.

These will be trimmed to 19 before the final 17 are made public about an hour before kick-off.

Added Naylor:

“The Lions will be coming to win on their big day in the limelight. We’re told they’re bringing a few fans too.

“They’re an aggressive team. They like to play the game aggressively and maybe that’s why they’ve been doing so well.

“We’ve got to concentrate on doing the things we do well week in and week out. You don’t try to play differently because you’re playing an amateur team.

“We’ve got to put our trust in what we believe in. They will come with massive intentions and hoping to cause a major upset, but in reality we need to replicate the intensity and the self-belief that served us well at Whitehaven and if we do that we’ll make it very difficult for them.”

Admission prizes are £11 adults, £9 concessions and £2 under-16s plus a £2 across the board transfer to the stand.



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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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