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Challenge Cup return for Owen ?

OLDHAM captain Gareth Owen, out since last summer with a serious foot injury, might make his comeback in Sunday’s fourth round Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at Halifax (3pm).

“It’s just a matter of his general fitness now, but he’s training fully and he could be available,” said head coach Scott Naylor.

Hooker Owen missed the last 12 games of the 2017 campaign after needing surgery to correct damage caused by a freak injury.

Naylor will also be waiting on prop Phil Joy, who staggered off the field near the end of the York City Knights game after a sickening clash of heads with Colton Roche.

He could do only light training on Tuesday night as part of the RFL’s back-to-play protocol covering players who have suffered head knocks.

He will be carefully monitored during the week and will then undergo a head test on Saturday.

Craig Briscoe (knee) and Danny Bridge (dead leg) are expected to be fit, but Adam Jones is definitely out again because of concussion although he should be okay for the North Wales Crusaders game on March 25.

Ben Davies (back) is still out, but Naylor is hoping that by weekend he will have 22 of his 24 contracted players available, Davies and Jones being the only exceptions.

Joy will have to pass his head test and prove his fitness though.

Added Naylor:

“The protocol for players with head knocks is a good one. It wasn’t around when I was playing and I do think a lot of concussions can affect you in later life.

“It’s important that everything is done in the right way. Players need to understand its importance too. They must be looked after in the right way.”

Halifax props Adam Tangata and Harry Kidd are long-term injury victims, but Fax think highly of their on-loan front-rower Dan Murray from Salford Red Devils.

Richard Marshall, the Yorkshire side’s coach, thinks the 22-year-old former Warrington junior is already a Super League player.

He played seven top-flight games for Salford last year plus six games for Halifax and he has been in great form in the Championship for Fax this year.

Marshall told Gareth Walker (League Express):

“Dan’s good for us. He’s fitted in well and is completely part of the group.

“Dan wants to play Super League and I think he deserves to be there. We’re fortunate to have him, but he knows he’s got to work hard here and enjoy what he’s doing here to get his chance.”

Murray, a Wigan boy, is another product of the Salford youth system, having been reared at the Red Devils alongside Ryan Lannon, who has played two games for the Roughyeds on dual-reg.

Halifax have won three of their five Championship games so far and are sitting comfortably just outside the top four.

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Fans are reminded that they can make substantial savings on tickets for this tie at the MBi Shay Stadium if they buy up front, either online or at the Roughyeds office in the Vestacare Stadium between 10am and 3pm each day this week up to and including Friday.



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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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