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Defensive screen put to the test

OLDHAM’S Iron Curtain of a defence, the best in Betfred League 1 so far, will be put to a severe test in Good Friday’s clash at Bradford Bulls (6pm kick-off).

Red-hot favourites to finish top and win promotion automatically, the Bulls have won each of their three league games to date as well as a third-round hammering of West Wales Raiders in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup — a 100 per cent start to the season which the full-timers will be keen to maintain on Friday.

Coached by John Kear, their latest win was a 32-12 triumph against Hunslet at the Provident Stadium, Odsal in a performance that Kear believed was below their best.

With ball in hand, Roughyeds were also undercooked in their 30-2 win at North Wales Crusaders, but Kear can’t fail to have been impressed by Oldham’s defensive work which, remarkably, has seen them concede only five tries in five league and cup outings this season.

That’s got to be defensive work of the highest order and it will be fascinating to see how Bradford’s high scorers cope with Oldham’s Iron Curtain after amassing an average of 36 points a game in their three league wins so far.

Returning to the club for which he starred in Grand Finals and Challenge Cup finals in some of the most iconic stadiums in the country, Scott Naylor will pick from a relatively injury-free squad.

Only Ben Davies is a current casualty so Naylor will have all last Sunday’s squad at his disposal plus Kyran Johnson, Matt Reid, Steven Nield, Gareth Owen, Adam Neal, Adam Jones and Danny Rasool.

Johnson is ready to go again after missing the last two games with a dislocated finger; centre Reid and prop Neal were rested at Wrexham (the second of three games in ten days); and Jones is available again after suffering concussion against Featherstone Lions a month ago.

Like fellow forward Phil Joy, concussed against York but back in the side last weekend, Jones has now passed a head test and is ready for action.



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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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