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Jones ruled out of Sunday’s big home game

BACK-ROW forward Adam Jones, who suffered a concussion in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Featherstone Lions, is out of Sunday’s big Betfred League 1 clash with York City Knights at the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

York have invested substantially in their 24-man squad for 2018 and with Ben Cockayne and Graeme Horne in their starting line-up, not to mention dual-reg reinforcements from Hull KR plus on-loan Aussie winger Kieren Moss from Hull KR, they were unlucky not to beat red-hot title favourites Bradford Bulls on the opening day of the league campaign.

They went down 22-20 to a last-gap Joe Keys penalty goal from half-way after the final hooter had sounded, but many neutrals, including Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor, felt they deserved to win.

“Make no mistake, York are a VERY good side,” said the Oldham boss. “I’ve watched their game against Bradford and they should have won.

“They are not the York of old. They’ve got loads of experience as well as some very good younger players, so it’s going to be a really tough game on Sunday.

“They’ll definitely be up there at the end of the season and although the season is still in its infancy and it will be our first home league game it will be a very important encounter, just like the one we had up at Whitehaven last month.”

Since the Bradford game, the Knights have strengthened even further with the recruitment on loan of Huddersfield Giants forward Colton Roche, who will almost certainly be making his debut at Oldham.

It was the second time in 12 months that Jones suffered concussion and under current regulations he must now see a specialist before he can play again.

Naylor explained that he was expected to have that appointment last week, but it was put back to next Monday which means he will not be available for selection this week.

Season Tickets and Purchases

Fans are reminded that the Roughyeds office inside the ground at the Vestacare Stadium is open from 9.30am to 3pm each day this week up to and including Friday for the collection of season tickets and for the sale and/or collection of replica jerseys and other leisure wear.

Also on sale (£12.95) is the new book by Craig Halstead, “Roughyeds — Against All the Odds” which tells the story of the first 20 years of Oldham RLFC (1997) Ltd through the memories and recollections of players, officials and fans.

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Club Cash

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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