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Ben Davies ready to play

PROP Ben Davies will be in the running to play his first game of the season when Oldham RLFC travel to bottom-of-the-table West Wales Raiders in Llanelli on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Davies (28) made 20 senior appearances with Roughyeds in 2017 — his first season after signing from Whitehaven — but he started having back problems in pre-season training early this year.

Injections were considered and rejected before the final decision was taken to rely on rehabilitation.

“Salford Red Devils have been helping him with his rehab and he’s now training fully with our squad so he’ll be available for weekend,” said delighted coach Scott Naylor.

Given that Davies has yet to make his 2018 bow, Naylor will feel as though he has an extra forward.

More good news for the Roughyeds boss is the loan retention, on a week-to-basis, of Wakefield Trinity’s young full-back Luke Hooley.

Paper work for the first week of this new arrangement has been concluded so the 19-year-old will be available for the long coach trip to Llanelli, with its early-morning start from the Vestacare Stadium.

The initial agreement with Trinity allowed for Hooley to stay here for one month and in that time he played in four games, one of them a Challenge Cup defeat by Hull KR but the other three all producing league wins against Keighley and Newcastle at home and Workington away, where he scored aglorious solo try.

Full of praise for the youngster’s contribution, Naylor said:

“It’s good news that we can keep him, even though it’s only on a week-to-week arrangement from now on.

“It’s just what we need to put pressure on players. It will keep all the back line on their toes, for instance.

“Luke has played really well over the past month. He’s been coming to us on and off for a couple of years so we know what he is capable of.

“He did exactly the job I wanted him to do. Positionally, he was spot-on in defence and he also linked up well with the attack.”

Roughyeds came through the Hemel game without injuries, so there’s now only one man on the casualty list and that’s prop Adam Neal, who is striving to beat concussion and to follow RFL protocol guidelines for players with that type of injury.



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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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