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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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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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