OUR 30-2 win at North Wales Crusaders kept us ahead of the field in the Betfred League 1 ‘points against’ columns.
After three rounds we’ve conceded only 26 points and that’s ten fewer than our nearest challengers in table-topping Doncaster.
In three league games and two Ladbrokes Challenge Cup ties to date we’ve only let in, on average, a try per game and if you take away the York City Knights game, when they scored four, we’ve manned the barricades so well that we’ve conceded ONE try in FOUR games, three of them away from home.
Whitehaven were ‘nilled’, Halifax (cup) managed the one try by Ben Heaton and Crusaders on Sunday failed to score again after that early penalty goal.
In truth, they never looked like breaching our try line so there wasn’t much wrong with our defence, although lots of questions could be asked of what we did when we had ball in hand.
Maybe both sides were toiling somewhat after tough Challenge Cup ties in midweek. Whatever, Scott Naylor has already pointed out publicly that coaching staff and squad have a lot of work to do ahead of Friday’s game at Bradford Bulls, which kicks off at 6pm.
For the record we led 8-2 at half-time in the Crusaders game with first-half tries by Zack McComb and Joe Martin.
Following a half-time chat we looked a little bit more structured in the second half. We were always in control of the game and added four more tries at regular intervals — two of them from Danny Bridge, who had a big game, and others by Phil Joy and Joe Martin, who also looked lively when joining the attack from full-back.
His second try, near the end, followed a length-of-the-field dash after a Crusaders attack broke down near Oldham’s line.
Danny Bridge and Kenny Hughes were probably our stand-out players individually, but we will need to produce a much-improved team performance at the Provident Stadium, Odsal on Friday.
Oldham scorers in Wrexham:goals, Paul Crook (3); tries, McComb, Martin (2), Bridge (2), Joy.
AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.
Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.
Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.
With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.
You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.
If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.
To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.
Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.