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Stand by for changes in Wrexham

SCOTT Naylor has given a broad hint that he will make changes in the side to play North Wales Crusaders in Wrexham on Sunday (2.30pm kick-off) —- the second of three games in ten days for Roughyeds.

Final decisions on forwards Phil Joy and Adam Jones, who have been out with head injuries, will be made on Saturday.

Of the 24-man squad only Ben Davies is definitely unavailable through injury, so the Roughyeds team boss will have plenty of room for manoeuvre within his own group while also having dual-reg options from partner club Salford Cty Reds.

Among those who didn’t play in Tuesday’s inspirational 27-6 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win at Halifax were Kyran Johnson, Jack Holmes and Steven Nield in the backs and Joy, Gareth Owen and Jones in the forwards.

Said Naylor:

“We’ve a lot of rugby right now with only five-day turn-arounds so it’s good that I can run fresh legs and give other lads more game time.

“We’re still waiting for Phil Joy and Adam Jones, but whatever happens we’ll be going with a strong team and we’ll show Crusaders exactly the same respect that we showed Halifax on Tuesday.

“We have history with Crusaders going back to the last time we were in League 1. They were the team to beat back then and I remember clearly when they were the best team in the division.

“They’ve also got a couple of ex-Oldham men in Steve Roper and Dale Bloomfield and we’d expect them to be motivated by the occasion.”

Interestingly, Roper and Paul Crook were the Whitehaven halves last season and together they helped to steer the Cumbrians to a promotion final in which they lost narrowly at Barrow.

Before that they had played alongside each other at Rochdale so there will be plenty of familiarity among the opposing half-backs on Sunday.

For the record Craig Briscoe is on the threshold of his 100th career appearance, having played 52 games for Leigh, 39 for Barrow and eight for Oldham.

Danny Langtree and Ben West, who has made an eye-catching start to his pro career, have scored tries in each of Roughyeds’ last three games.

‘Langers’ has scored four in all (2-1-1), while left-wing West has chipped in with one try apiece in the three games against York City Knights in League 1 and against Featherstone Lions and Halifax in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.

Stadium Change

Fans should note that Crusaders have moved from the Racecourse, where they played when Oldham last went to Wrexham, and they now play at the Queensway Stadium, Queensway, Wrexham LL13 8UH. Kick-off time is 2.30pm.

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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.

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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

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