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Four new boys in 19-man squad

AS Scott Naylor promised, he has made several changes in his 19-man squad for tomorrow’s visit of Keighley Cougars to the Vestacare Stadium (3pm kick-off).

The three new loan signings, Kieran Gill, Luke Hooley and Lee Kershaw, are all included plus dual-reg prop Daniel Murray of Salford Red Devils, who has previously had spells on DR or loan with Rochdale, Bradford and, most recently, Halifax.

Potentially, all four could be playing at the Vestacare Stadium for the first time, although Gill (Castleford Tigers) and Hooley (Wakefield Trinity) have played for Roughyeds on loan in the past at other venues.

Hooley (19), a goalkicking full-back, played six Championship Shield games for Roughyeds at the end of last season, scoring a match-winning try at Rochdale and kicking 18 goals in total.

Gill (22), principally a centre, has scored 13 tries in 21 games for Oldham across the last two seasons, including a sensational match-winner against Bradford Bulls at Bower Fold.

Kershaw is an 18-year-old winger, also from Wakefield Trinity, while Wigan-born Murray is a product of the Salford youth system, having made seven senior appearances for the Red Devils.

Also in contention, after sitting out the Hunslet game, are Zack McComb, Liam Bent and Kenny Hughes.

OLDHAM (from): Bent, Bridge, Briscoe, Crook, Eccleston, Gill, Hewitt, Hooley, Hughes, Joy, Kershaw, Langtree, Murray, McComb, Neal, Nelmes, Owen, Reid, Spencer.

Keighley’s new signing Darrell Griffin (36), a veteran prop with more than 300 Super League games behind him, is among the Cougars’ 19 after signing for the club on Thursday morning from Morley RU Club.

Brad Nicholson and Hamish Barnes return after injury, replacing Brendon Rawlins and Harry Aaronson.

KEIGHLEY (from): Hawkyard, Gabriel, Barnes, Ryder, Dixon, Beharrell, Law, Conroy, Lynam, Emmett, Wright, Tonks, Bailey, Fairhurst, Hardcastle, Nicholson, Whiteley, Griffin, Morris.

Cup-tie tickets

Tickets for the Hull KR Challenge Cup tie at Bower Fold, Stalybridge next Sunday, April 22, will be on sale between 2pm and 3pm tomorrow in the club shop that has been set up inside the ground at the Vestacare Stadium.

The fifth-round tie, a Groundhog Day repeat of the one we sensationally won at Hull KR two years ago, is NOT all ticket but the more tickets we sell in advance of the big game the less turnstile congestion there will be on the day.

Standing: adults £14, concessions £12, under-16s £2.
Sitting: adults £16, concessions £14, under-16s £5.

Junior season-ticket holders get in FREE but they need to swop ticket voucher ‘A’ from their season-ticket books for a match ticket.

Our office at the Vestacare Stadium will be open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday next week for the sale of tickets etc. Inquiries to 07904 898177.

Don’t forget, too, that next Thursday night (April 19), between 6pm and 7.30pm at the Vestacare Stadium, you can watch the players train and have photographs taken with the iconic Challenge Cup.



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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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