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West out of Hunslet game

LEFT-WING Ben West, three tries in five cup and league appearances this season, is out of Oldham’s Betfred League 1 clash with Hunslet at the Vestacare Stadium on Sunday (3pm kick-off).

The former Siddal outside back, who has made a big impression since turning pro, is suffering from delayed concussion from a knock in the game at Bradford on Good Friday.

He has to comply with the RFL’s back-to-play protocol concerning head injuries and concussion and, as a consequence, he won’t be available this weekend.

It isn’t yet clear whether dual-reg personnel will be available from partner club Salford Red Devils, who have loaned out Levy Nzoungou to Swinton Lions for an initial one month and have extended for another month the loan period to the Lions of his fellow front-rower Gavin Bennion.

Roughyeds and Hunslet will be meeting for the first time since the team then called Hunslet Hawks broke Oldham hearts with a third-tier Grand Final 17-16 win, after golden point extra time, at Headingley in October, 2014.

Having won two of their three previous games with Hunslet by one point, Roughyeds suffered in the worst way possible when Thomas Coyle dropped the all-important goal just under five minutes into golden-point extra time.

It was their sixth Grand Final defeat in eight years and the second under the charge of Scott Naylor, who is now in his sixth season at the club.

Of the Hunslet side that played that day only two players are still at the South Leeds Stadium —- full-back Jimmy Watson and Michael Haley.

Oldham have five players who will remember that dreadful day —- Steven Nield, Phil Joy, Gareth Owen, Danny Langtree (one of our try scorers) and Kenny Hughes.

“It’s a long time ago, but Sunday’s game is bound to stir some memories,”

said Naylor, who is targeting four points from consecutive home games against Hunslet and Keighley Cougars.

He added:

“We need to pick up our performances and put a string of wins together. Hunslet will be tough opponents but we go into the game confident in our ability to win and to cement our spot in the upper reaches of the division.

“Three of our four league games to date have been away from home, but we now have a little run at the Vestacare Stadium and we’ve got to make home advantage count.”



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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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