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Oldham earn Hull KR tie with inspirational win at Halifax

TRIES by Danny Langtree, Ben West, Matt Reid and Paul Crook provided magical moments on a special night for the Oldham club and its supporters at the MBi Shay Stadium in Halifax.

The Roughyeds fully deserved their 27-6 triumph in the fourth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and with it a home tie against Super League outfit Hull KR in the fifth round, details of which will be announced in due course.

There was an element of good fortune about the third of our four tries by Reid, but over the 80 minutes Roughyeds were generally well in control of proceedings as they became the third Betfred League 1 side to progress to round five at the expense of Championship opposition.

As Scott Naylor pointed out afterwards, it was a 17-man performance in which plaudits had to be equally shared by all.

In a few words, the forwards ran and tackled harder than Halifax and provided the platform on which David Hewitt and Paul Crook kicked Fax to death.

The chase was as good as the kick and if the ball didn’t find touch Fax were regularly pinned down in their own quarter.

Livewire halfback Ben Johnston was a Halifax threat in the early part of the game, but once the Roughyeds forwards mastered their opposite numbers his running chances were limited and the big threat faded.

Fax should perhaps have made more of all the penalties they were awarded, but the fact that they didn’t speaks volumes for the energy and determination Roughyeds put into their defensive work from start to finish.

It was quite exemplary — a huge achievement in fact to restrict a side like Halifax, on their own patch, to one solitary try scored by Ben Heaton 16 minutes into the second half.

Roughyeds had just gone down to 12 men following a yellow card for Joe Martin for a clumsy-looking challenge.

They were still a man short when they hit back with the Reid try which was goaled beautifully off the left-hand touchline by Crook to restore the visitors’ 14 point lead.

They led 12-0 at half-time with tries by Langers and West and two goals by Crook — a conversion and a penalty.

His second penalty early in the second half stretched the lead to 14-0 and although Heaton went in for his customary try against his former club, Roughyeds clinched their win on a wet sail with further tries by Reid and Crook, two more Crook conversions and a Hewitt drop goal.

There were several candidates for man of the match but the general consensus of opinion in the Fax camp was that Hewitt was the individual who had done most to upset their applecart with his first-class kicking game.

No matter. ‘Chewy’ would be the first to agree that this was a first-class team performance on which to build for Sunday’s game against North Wales Crusaders in Wrexham.

Scorers: Halifax — try, Heaton; goal, Tyrer; Oldham — tries, Langtree, West, Reid, Crook; goals, Crook 5/6; drop goal, Hewitt.

HALIFAX: Woodburn-Hall; Saltonstall, Heaton, Tyrer, McGrath; Brook, Johnston; Morris, Kaye, Fleming, Calcott, Butler, Barber. Subs: Douglas, Jones, Moore, Davies.

OLDHAM: Martin; Eccleston, McComb, Reid, West; Crook, Hewitt; Spencer, Wilkinson, Neal, Bridge, Langtree, Bent. Subs: Briscoe, Hughes, Rasool, Nelmes.

Ref: Billy Pearson; Att: 688.

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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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