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Last week’s 17 plus Briscoe and Holmes

CRAIG Briscoe and Jack Holmes are added to the 17 who won at Workington last time out to form Scott Naylor’s 19-man squad for the visit of Newcastle Thunder to the Vestacare Stadium tomorrow (3pm kick off).

Squad: L_iam Bent, Danny Bridge, Craig Briscoe, Paul Crook, Dave Eccleston, Kieran Gill, David Hewitt, Jack Holmes, Luke Hooley, Kenny Hughes, Adam Jones, Phil Joy, Lee Kershaw, Danny Langtree, Luke Nelmes, Gareth Owen, Matt Reid, Jack Spencer, Matty Wilkinson.
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As stated previously there are no dual-reg players involved, but three of the 19 are on loan, namely Luke Hooley, Lee Kershaw and Kieran Gill.

Hooley, a 19-year-old full-back, and Kershaw, an 18-year-old winger, are from Wakefield Trinity while centre Gill (22) is at Castleford Tigers. All three are full-time professionals and members of their clubs’ first-team squads.

With another warm and sunny day in prospect, Roughyeds hope local rugby league followers will turn up in numbers to support a side that scored six tries in winning impressively at Workington last week and can climb to within touching distance of the play-off group if they inflict Thunder’s first away defeat of the year.

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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