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Liam’s liking for tackling

WORD has it that Liam Bent, the youngest of our contracted players, made more than 50 tackles in our recent win at Workington — a phenomenal feat.

He also scored the first of our six tries and got himself sin-binned for punching Town skipper and prop Oliver Wilkes . . . a game for the family album, that’s for sure !

The RFL has since concluded that the yellow card was sufficient punishment for 20-year-old Bent, once of Wigan St Jude’s and Salford Red Devils, where he had two seasons in the under-19s and another two as a full-time member of the senior squad.

He played 17 games for Roughyeds on loan last year and he didn’t hesitate to sign permanently when opportunity knocked last autumn.

Astonishingly for a player just out of his teens who tips the scales at less than 14 and a half stone, ‘Benty’ regularly tops the tackle count, as he has done right back to his St Jude’s days.

“I love tackling and for me it’s the most important part of rugby league,” he said.

“I don’t know how many tackles I did at Workington, but it was probably quite a few because that’s what I do.

“I regard defending as the biggest part of my job. As a team we defend pretty well, but we do have the odd blip now and again and we’ve got to strive to be at our best for 80 minutes in every game.

“When we’re doing that we won’t be far off where we want to be — and I have no doubts at all about our ability to win promotion.”

The only player currently playing for Roughyeds who is younger than Liam is 19-year-old on-loan full-back Luke Hooley, who was born nine months after the ‘baby’ of the Oldham pack.

Next youngest, all aged 21, are Matty Wilkinson, Dave Eccleston and Adam Jones, who is second youngest behind Bent . . . and only by six months.

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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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