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Oldham aiming to spoil Town’s home record

OLDHAM are bidding to become the first League 1 side to win at Derwent Park this season.

Workington have lost three of their first seven league games, but they’re unbeaten in League 1 action at home where the only team to win so far this year was Championship outfit London Broncos in the Challenge Cup.

And even that was desperately close — 20-22.

Bradford Bulls were pipped in another thriller and Town now believe they can make Derwent Park into a fortress and go through the league campaign with a 100 per cent home record.

“Overall, we need to be more consistent, but Oldham have also been inconsistent of late. They’re a scalp we’ll be looking to take,” said assistant boss Craig McDowell.

His reference to inconsistency followed defeat at Hunslet, where they let a substantial lead slip and felt the wrath of head coach Leon Pryce, and then what Pryce described as a big response in beating North Wales Crusaders 20-12 at Workington.

“Like all Cumbrian teams they play much better at home than they do away,” said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor.

Town’s 19-man squad shows four changes from last week with Sam Forrester, the division’s top try scorer, Jonah Cunningham, Scott Akehurst and Larne Patrick (dual reg from Leigh Centurions) dropping out.

Centre Akehurst (knee) has joined an injury list which has also claimed Sean Penkywicz and Gordon Maudling.

Also excluded is new capture Fuifui Moimoi, Tongan-born, whose visa is still awaited.

The four stepping up to the 19 are Jamie Foster, the former St Helens winger; utility back Jordan Tansey; Joe Ryder, a former Warrington Wolves prop; and half-back Scott Leatherbarrow, who was an Oldham player last season.

Carl Forber and Jamie Doran have been regular half-backs and Town fans on social media are suggesting Leatherbarrow might be included in the 17 as hooker James Newton’s replacement off the bench.

Town (from): Oliver Wilkes (capt), Jamie Doran, Caine Barnes (loan), Scott Rooke, Kurt Maudling, Carl Forber, Jamie Foster, Perry Singleton, Jordan Tansey, Scott Leatherbarrow, Stevie Scholey, Joey Ryan, Andrew Dawson, Jack Blagbrough (dual-reg), Karl Ostrom, Nick Gregson (dual-reg), Elliot Miller, James Newton, John Patrick.

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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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