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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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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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